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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Plainfield: Windy City woes

Sam's Discount, where a gust of wind blew away half the awning. . .

. . .and bounced it off this SUV about 50 feet away.

Although Plainfield has certainly seen windier weather than Friday, sometimes a gust -- or microburst -- can have startling results.

The photos above were taken about 2:15 PM Friday afternoon on East Front Street, across from the YWCA.

A strong gust of wind lifted half of the awning in front of Sam's Discount Store and propelled it like a box kite, bouncing it off the SUV in the picture before depositing it on the sidewalk about fifty feet from its original location.

I saw a little later that the store owner had lugged it back to the front of the store.

Will the woman's insurance company claim it was 'an act of God'?

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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