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VIDEO: Children run for their lives as severe storm destroys roof, wall at North Carolina school

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Jan 15, 2020

CLINTON, N.C. (WRAL/CNN) - A North Carolina school is closed after a microburst blew out a wall and part of its roof on Monday.

Cameras captured the moment the wall came crashing down on Union Intermediate School's gymnasium in Sampson County.

Students can be seen running away moments before debris flew into the gym.

Three children were taken to a hospital for evaluation, but they have all been released.

RAW VIDEO: Children run for their lives as severe storm destroys roof, wall at North Carolina school

Chloe Brewer, a fifth-grade student at the school, was one of the students hurt by the storm.

"It was our PE day. We were playing basketball, and it just sounded like something exploded in there. So, I just turned around and was looking at the stage and it collapsed. And then we started running and something hit me from behind, and I fell down. And then the glass started breaking," said Chloe.

Engineers deemed the rest of the school safe and students are expected to return to class Thursday.

A microburst is defined as a column of sinking air sometimes referred to as a downdraft that are produced by thunderstorms.