Storms serve up destructive winds for Mount Sterling Restaurant

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If there’s one job you don’t want when a storm hits, it may be the one Nick Burns has. 

“As soon as I got up to the light here, it had come down and it was literally, it was right in front of my bumper,” said Burns. 

It’s the job where your windshield is just inches from being torpedoed by a slab of siding blown off the restaurant next to yours. 

“I was right here getting ready to turn on the street and a big chunk of the building right here fell down right onto the street in front of me. 

As soon as it came down I instantly flinched backward because I thought it was going to hit my windshield,” he said. 

As a delivery driver for Larry’s Pizza and Wings for 3-years, Burns knows when the rain starts coming down his orders start ramping up.

“Nobody wants to leave so everybody orders,” he said. 

But he says this night may be one of the worst.

“As far as a bad night it’s pretty far up. About an 8 out of 10,” said Burns. 

55-65 mile an hour winds blew directly through the heart of Mount Sterling and into the exterior wall of Ben and Joys restaurant, a mom and pop institution serving comfort food for decades in this village of nearly 2,000 people and where Raelyn Vance works. 

“It just sounded like a loud bang like a car crash,” Vance said. 

She and coworker Jenna Shoaf say they’re just thankful nothing and nobody inside Ben and Joys were hurt.

“I’m glad like it didn’t go or cause any damage inside and everyone was ok,” said Shoaf. 

Ditto for Nick Burns.

“It could have killed someone I mean it’s heavy,” he said. 

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