TEXAS CITY, Texas A tornado touched down Monday afternoon at the Mall of the Mainland in Texas City.
Customers inside said everything suddenly started blowing around about 1 p.m. The wind peeled back the mall's roof in at least three spots and that sent rain gushing through like a river.
There's 2 to 3 inches of waterthroughout the mall.
Dow and Debbie James were at amovie theater in the mallwhen the tornado hit.
We heard a big noise. The roof collapsed in what was a game room, Dow James said. And the roof blew away and water come rushing into the mall area.
It was like a flash flood in the mall, said Debbie James. The water started pouring in.
At least one wall was damaged and could collapse anytime, according to the Texas City Fire Marshal.
Some vehicles in the parking lot had their windows blown out.
The mall was evacuated and there were no reports of injuries.
The mallremained closed indefinitely.