Whipping winds cause store damage in Franklin County


Around 3 p.m., a magnifying bang startled folks inside a Franklinton convenience store. Outside, intense winds took down a massive canopy.

An SUV was parked right where the structure toppled down and people were sitting in the vehicle.

Police came to the store, checked out the damage, and put up tape to block off the area.

The storeowner says the gas pumps have not been used in years. He says the last time they were operational, gas was selling for $2.50 a gallon.

Luckily, nobody was hurt during the crash, although people easily could have been walking alongside the side of the building to get to the store's front door.

"We're okay. Thank god nothing happened," said Nasr Saleh, the storeowner.

Saleh has filed a claim with his insurance company. He is hoping to meet someone Monday.

The incident has really affected Saleh since the truck that was damaged belonged to him. However, he says he wants to get the store damage cleaned up before he worries about his truck.

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