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By Elizabeth Matthews

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Some of you might have found yourself in a store or restaurant Wednesday night when the storms hit.

The skies got dark quick and the sirens started to sound. For those inside places like the Saint Louis Galleria, the employees stepped into action.

"Running down to the basement as soon as we cleared our store and everything, but it was pretty well handled which was nice," said Hillary Mosca.

PHOTOS: Hazelwood tornado damage

She works at the Galleria and explains her store's storm plan.

"We do have to clear the store I think it's the same way with most stores in the mall, so we have to make sure that all customers are out, we do have to lock our doors, we do have to exit out the back and head down to the tunnel for an evacuation," she said.

Same went for the South County Center.

PHOTOS: The Hill tornado damage

"Employees started coming through directing everybody downstairs and they said it was a tornado coming through and you could hear the hail just hitting the roof," said customer Lamar Harris.

He says he was in Macy's when the sirens started and was about to leave when an announcement was made.

"If you tried to leave they just shuffled back on in just immediately because they were concerned about everybody's safety," he said.

PHOTOS: Aerial photos of Hazelwood tornado damage

For the South County mall, the storm procedure goes like this: all mall employees try to gather all customers to the lowest level bathrooms and safe rooms. This also goes for the West County Center, Mid Rivers Mall, Chesterfield Mall, and St. Clair Square.

Employees at a Target in Shiloh, Ill. made an announcement to customers to get away from the doors and windows and move to the fitting room area. The doors to the store were not locked and many people took shelter inside that Target.


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