(NBC) - The little town of Rice, Texas dodged a bullet Sunday evening, a direct hit from multiple tornados, that left plenty of damage but no fatalities. Some of the most severe damage was at Rice Middle School.
"This is a brand new building, we are real proud of it, and to see this kind of damage is just devastating," said Rice Police Chief Scott Dyson.
After tearing open the school the funnel cloud skipped across Interstate 45, tossing debris and toppling an 18-wheeler and several other vehicles. Weather spotter Eric Meyers saw it all unfold from the front seat of his car. "It was one of the most awesome experiences I'll ever go through and one I never want to experience again," Meyers said afterward.
The severe weather lasted just a few minutes, but was strong enough to flip several rail cars. The clean-up, which began with first light Monday morning, will last a good bit longer.
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