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Surveillance video catches Mobile tornado

MOBILE, AL (WALA/CNN) - Ever wondered what it would be like to see a tornado in person without being swept away?

One drug store manager lived that curiosity, and is able to recount the experience.

"I've never been in a war zone but I'm sure that's what it looks like," said Walgreens store manager Josh Holman.

On Tuesday, there were more than 30 tornadoes reported from Texas to Alabama on Christmas day. The storms moved towards the Southeast on Wednesday with little damage.

The store surveillance cameras show the tornado winds ripping through the streets, tossing debris around, moving vehicles through the parking lot, and street lights being blown down.

Also in the footage, those in the Mobile Walgreens who stuck their heads out the door to take a peak running back inside for cover as the winds blow into the store, blowing store items from their shelves.

Mobile was the largest city affected by the Christmas day tornadoes Tuesday. The cause was a large winter storm system that have caused severe weather, tornadoes and blizzard conditions from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio River Valley.

The National Weather Service has reported the tornado that hit Mobile was an EF-2, with winds up to 135 miles per hour, six miles long and 200 yards wide.

"I was just thankful I was alive," Holman said. "If it had been a 100 yards the other way, it would have ripped through the middle of the store."

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