The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Tornado at the Mall?

It would seem that my former haunt—Cordova Mall in sunny Pensacola, Florida—has had a minor run-in with the law... of wind speed:

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A tornado touched down Thursday, damaging this city's major shopping mall, as a line of violent thunderstorms made their way across the western Panhandle. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The twister damaged roofs of several buildings in the area and tossed debris around. It touched down around 11:30 a.m. EDT in part of the Cordova Mall.

Dillard's stock manager Eddie English Jr. said he heard the wind outside the department store suddenly speed up and get louder, and noticed tree branches flying through the air as he looked through the glass doors into the parking lot. Then mall security officers came into the store and ordered employees and shoppers to evacuate to the basement.

"It was all of a sudden. It was just normal raining, then the wind started," English said.

About 200 or 300 people remained huddled in the basement while security checked the building for damage, he said.

Hope you're alright down there, Phill!



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