This past Wednesday, a tornado touched down in Kokomo, Indiana, and promptly flattened a Starbucks. Though damage was extensive, the authorities didn’t report any injuries at the coffee shop. As you’ll see in the video below, that was a bona fide miracle.
The tornado was described by the National Weather Service as being “large and extremely dangerous”. The damage was well documented, including this terrifying video sent to WTHR-TV by Brandon Mobley.
Markland Mall Starbucks in Kokomo. Manager says everyone got out OK. They were in the bathroom during the tornado pic.twitter.com/FAJG1H57fs
— Kayla Sullivan (@KaylaReporting) August 24, 2016
Angel Ramos, shift manager, embraced by friends, his manager. He had employees and customers take cover in bathroom. pic.twitter.com/m1tPJvvgOh
— Cara Ball (@CaraKTVideo) August 24, 2016
Starbucks released the following statement about the incident:
“We want to express our heartfelt concern for all those personally affected by a tornado that touched down in the community Kokomo, Indiana, this afternoon. We are relieved to report all partners (employees) and customers from the Starbucks store at US 35 & SR 22 are safe.We will continue to support our store partners and local authorities in any way we can.”
(Weather.com via Gizmodo)