BEAUMONT, Texas – Police say a tornado has collapsed a department store roof, overturned cars and scattered debris throughout a mall parking lot, sending several people to the hospital with minor injuries.
Beaumont Police Officer Crystal Holmes said there were no immediate reports of serious injuries. Nearby Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital tells the Beaumont Enterprise that fewer than ten patients are there and all are in stable condition.
Holmes said video from a local television station shows a tornado touched down at a Kohl's Department Store, skipped over a Wal-Mart and continued on to Parkdale Mall.
Bricks on one exterior wall were torn away, cars and trucks were overturned and the bars of shopping cart corrals in the parking lot were distorted.