Patrons of the Corinth Coin Laundry had even more clothing to clean after Tropical Depression Laura ripped the roof from the building on Friday.

The area was hit with several outer bands of heavy rain and wind gusts of around 45 mph – remnants of a massive Category 4 hurricane that ravaged the gulf coast one day earlier.

Business owner Michael Pratt believed it was straight line winds that caused the damage to his laundromat on U.S. 72 near Hobby Lobby. He said the roof was pulled from the building and the tightening of guide wires knocked down a internet service tower behind the business to the ground. The tower belonged to AVS Internet Service.

“We are so lucky no one was seriously hurt,” Pratt told the Daily Corinthian. “The business, however, is a mess. There’s standing water and lots of damage.”

Pratt said one employee and around seven customers were inside the business during the storm.

“We are going to be closed here for some time,” Pratt said, adding his second laundromat location at 810 South Tate did not receive damage and will remain open.

Friday’s storms forced the National Weather Service to issue a tornado watch for the area. It uprooted trees, knocked limbs to the ground and downed power lines. ACE Power reported over 1,400 customers were without power during the day and cell phone and internet service was interrupted for some.

A family became trapped briefly after a large oak tree fell on a home on Wick Street near the post office. They escaped without injury.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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