Horrifying video footage shows the exact moment a tornado forced its way through a Walmart parking lot in Texas.
One of the many twisters left one person dead and over a dozen injured. Grayson County officials stated on Tuesday that a 73-year-old was killed when the tornado hit her community of Sherwood Shores Monday night. Her name has yet to be released.
And according to the local office of emergency management, Ten others were hurt in the county about 90 miles north of Dallas.
Gov. Greg Abbott then signed a disaster declaration Tuesday for 16 counties impacted by tornadoes.
Footage was captured just outside a Walmart in Round Rock, a city near Austin, which revealed a man urging shoppers to run into the store to avoid the flying debris.
“Get inside! Get inside! Run! Run! Run!” the man screams at the entrance to the Walmart as the twister barreled in Monday evening.
“Get away from the windows,” he shouted in a video posted by Walmart employee James Watson.
A woman also posted images of her bleeding legs after the terrifying experience.
“I JUST GOT DRAGGED ACROSS THE MF WALMART PARKING LOT BY A TORNADO B****!!!!!” she wrote.
The tornado was one of several that swept through Texas and Oklahoma, which left at least four people injured in the city of Elgin, east of Austin, USA Today reported. A tornado touched down in Luling, between Austin and San Antonio, while another massive one hit an area east of Round Rock, near Taylor, per the National Weather Service.
“I thought I was going to die,” said Michael Talamantez of Round Rock. His house on Stratford Drive was decimated after the tornado touched down.
Talamantez’s daughter, Maya, 21, shared with The Post how her sister, her father, his girlfriends and the girlfriend’s son were at home when the tornado hit and were forced to hide with sofa cushions over their heads.
“Within three seconds of getting into the bathtub, the whole house was gone,” she said. The house, which her dad was just about to pay it off, has been completely destroyed.
“This happening definitely has sent my father into panic mode. He’s a single dad. He’s self-employed,” she said. “We’ve basically lost everything. I think there’s some things that are salvageable. My dad said, ’30 years of possessions and savings … all gone just like that.’”
Meanwhile, just outside Dallas, two schools in Jacksboro were heavily damaged when a tornado tore through about 4 p.m. Monday, Fox 26 Houston reported.
Starla Sanders, a Jacksboro High School principal, said the roof of her home was ripped off.
“It just brought tears to my eyes. I have lived here for 15 years, and I love this place. It is hard,” she told the outlet.
“Haven’t seen, but I hear I don’t have a roof on my own house. My kids are safe, and my husband is safe and all the students are safe. That is what is important.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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