Harrisburg Tornado

March 1, 2012 by staff 

Harrisburg Tornado, The Leap Day tornado that devastated parts of Harrisburg Tuesday completely destroyed the strip shopping center south of the Walmart parking lot and caused “significant roof and water damage” to Wal-Mart itself.

Although all of the stores in the strip center were closed in the early morning hours, Wal-Mart was opened when the tornado hit.

“Luckily all of our associates and customers are accounted for and are safe and sound,” said Wal-Mart corporate spokeswoman Dianna Gee. “We are still in the process of assessing damages and our primary concern right now is the safety of our associates.”

Behind the store the tornado tossed a Krispy Kreme delivery truck and its driver into the storm water retention pond. Store employees helped get the driver out of the water.

After daybreak, store employees were removing debris from the parking lots and straightening the shopping cart corrals. One employee was on the phone calling in a haz-mat team to deal with spilled gasoline from a semi trailer that had been flipped on its side in the front parking lot. The driver of that vehicle, Wayne Potee of Fayetteville, Tenn., escaped with just minor scrapes.

Gee says the company is working to get the store reopened, but does not know when that will be. Meanwhile, customers with prescriptions at the Harrisburg Walmart can get those filled at the Marion Walmart.

The Harrisburg store wasn’t the only one damaged by the line of storms that passed through the midwest. Wal-Marts in Branson and Lebanon, Mo., also received minor damage.

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