Suspected tornado in Troy, Alabama, tears through Wal-Mart

Possible Tornado Damages Stores in Central Alabama

A suspected tornado tore through a Wal-Mart and a neighboring sports outlet in Troy, Alabama, flipping trucks and tractor-trailers in the parking lot and injuring at least five people late Thursday.

"What seemed to be a tornado-like storm damaged the Wal-Mart in Troy structurally," Mayor Jason Reeves told NBC News. "It flipped multiple trucks and tractor trailers in the parking lot, and damaged a strip-mall structure near the Wal-Mart. There is also water damage in the area from damage to a water main."

(Jared Lott via NBC News)

Two of those injured were inside the store when the storm struck while a third was in a truck that was overturned, he said. A total of three people were taken to a local hospital, Reeves added.

Walmart employee Sarah Brookins told the Troy Messenger that said the storm had caught everyone by surprise.

"We heard a loud noise," she said. "All of a sudden the wind was blowing in the store. We saw dust blowing through the door."

The storm first hit in the the home and pharmacy departments of Wal-Mart and moved to the other end of the structure, Brookins added.

At 10:32 p.m. (11:32 p.m. ET), the National Weather Service warned of possible flash flooding and "frequent cloud to ground lightning" accompanying the storm.

"Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways," the Weather Service instructed. "Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle."

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