'Boom! The roof fell on me,' woman escapes after 70mph winds drop roof on her car
PHILLIPSBURG, KS (NTV NEWS) —
A North Kansas woman says she’s lucky to be alive, after severe storms picked up a roof and dropped it on her car on Tuesday.
Lynne Lohrmeyer says the wind was howling and heavy rain was beating down in Phillipsburg, Kansas that day, but nothing was going to keep her from eating at Branding Iron.
“I was sitting there getting my purse and my book and everything out, and boom the roof fell on me," said Lohrmeyer.
Just before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Lynne Lohrmeyer went to grab a bite to eat at the Branding Iron, like she'd done just about every day for more than a decade.
"Just like normal, except it wasn't really normal," Lohrmeyer.
That's because this time she got the surprise of her life.
"I jumped about a foot," Lohrmeyer.
Just as she parked her SUV, strong winds tossed this roof right on top of her vehicle. Courtney Winters, watched it all happen from inside the restaurant.
"It was just this boom, and then ceiling starts falling and then a vent. Needless to say my customer jumped up a said 'I don't want to sit here anymore'," said Winters.
Courtney's family owns the restaurant, and she says it sounded like gun shots when the roof dropped.
"In the back, the ceiling collapsed, big chunk of it," said Winters. "Now it's just buckets and pans back there catching the water drips."
The roof was ripped off an apartment connected to the restaurant. For now a tarp covers the wounds left by the storm, until repairs can be made to the 17-year-old Phillipsburg restaurant.
Courtney says the one good thing to come out of all this, she now knows this community will stand by her family, even though the wildest storms.
"Thankfully we do have such loyal customers like Lynne. They were all so supportive. It took a little longer to get their order, but they were all so awesome and patient," said Winters.
The National Weather Service says winds got up to about 71 miles per hour in Phillipsburg Tuesday night. The Branding Iron estimates repairs will cost about $6,000.