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Texas twister hits mall

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  • February 16, 1998
    Web posted at: 11:09 p.m. EST (0409 GMT)

    SUGAR LAND, Texas (CNN) -- A tornado bounced along a two-mile path, at one point skipping across a freeway during rush hour, but damaged just two buildings in this town near Houston on Monday as severe storms battered southeast Texas.

    The twister hit the First Colony Mall and caused a support wall to collapse at a Dillard's department store, according to Sugar Land Fire Lt. Justin Joyce.

    The damage exposed part of the interior of the store. About five to six inches of water had accumulated inside the mall by late afternoon.

    A skating rink in the mall was damaged and two people inside received minor injuries, Joyce said. A pickup truck was overturned when the twister jumped over a freeway.

    The high winds associated with the storms knocked down trees across the city.

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