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November 18, 2013

Starbucks customers in Lebanon rode out storm in bathroom

LEBANON (AP) — A shift supervisor at a central Indiana Starbucks store damaged by a suspected tornado says she rode out Sunday's storm in the coffee shop's small bathroom with 10 other people.

Melinda Wissig tells The Indianapolis Star she looked up Sunday to see the tornado approaching the Lebanon store after a customer yelled about a tornado.

Wissig rushed to the drive-thru and told customers to come inside, where she and 10 others huddled in the store's bathroom as the storm swept through.

Once the sounds of breaking glass subsided, she says they emerged to find the floors strewn with debris and the store's windows blown out.

Outside the Starbucks, a car had flipped onto its side on the sidewalk and the windows of Wissig's car were blown out.

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