Caught on Camera: Mississippi Tornado

Caught On Cam: Mississippi Tornado
Security cameras roll as tornado rips through Columbia, Mississippi business moments after employees flee.

COLUMBIA, Mississippi (WDAM) Andrea Smith and Christi Alford were at work December 23 when an EF-3 tornado ripped through Columbia, Mississippi.

“It just got really, really black outside so I walked to the door and then the wind started blowing and tried to blow the door out of my hand,” said Smith, manager at American Cash Advance.

Surveillance video inside the business captures Smith shutting the door and then running toward the back of the building.

“We turned around and looked and the windows just blew out,” said Alford. “We ran and got on our knees in the bathroom and started praying.”

Video shows the glass window shattering and the roof caving in.

“I thought that we were going to die,” said Alford. “I thought the building was going to fall in and you know we would die.”

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