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Steve VanDyke was watching a movie on the SyFy Channel when a big wind interrupted his program. "I said, 'It sounded like the roof blew off,'" he said. "[Joyce, his wife] went outside. She said, 'It did.'"
VanDyke was inside his business, Lebanon Pawn and Gun, 139 Cemetery Road, when the storm blew through Lebanon. He compared the sound to a freight train.
"It just sounded like somebody stomping on tin, tin rattling," he said.
Somehow, the roof missed a truck parked on the side of the building, although it did knock out electricity to the store and The Hair Zone next door.
Eileen Hughes and Polly Miller were at the hair salon when the storm came through. Hughes said she could see the storm coming up Pebble Brook Road.
"We heard a boom, but we thought it was thunder," Hughes said.
Instead, it was their neighbor's roof.
The storm also knocked over the brick sign for the Lincoln Trail Career Center and Cash-4-Check on the center on the other side of the pawn shop.
VanDyke said his wife had just returned to the shop and had been talking about the wind minutes before the roof was removed from the building. All things considered, VanDyke was in good spirits. He said the business survived a hail storm, it would survive this.
He was more bothered by losing the television signal, he said.
"I had 10 minutes left in my movie," VanDyke said with a laugh, "and I missed it."