Alexander’s Hardware in Theodore, Ala., was destroyed by a tornado on March 9, one of four twisters that moved through the westernmost area of the Florida Panhandle.
The National Weather Service determined that the worst of four tornados hit the hardware store with 120 mph winds, tearing off the roof, caving in the walls and turning merchandise into flying projectiles. Owner Margaret Alexander and five employees were in the store at the time. No one was injured.
Video footage posted on YouTube and numerous media sites, including WKRG News, shows the tornado from inside the store. Alexander had installed surveillance cameras to combat shoplifting and caught the event from start to finish.