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08/11/03 - Tyler

Afternoon Storm Damages Tyler Eatery

An afternoon storm that swept through East Texas Monday left a trail of damage in parts of Smith County. One of the areas hardest hit was West Smith County, where strong winds literally blew layers of roofing from Rudy's Bar-B-Q on Loop 323.

Roof debris landed in the parking lot, roadway...even on customers' cars.

Manager Robin Reeves closed Rudy's for the rest of the day, so employees could clean up water leaks inside the restaurant and assess damages.

"There's some concern about the vehicles in the parking lot," Reeves said Monday afternoon. "We already have an adjustor on the way, and they've responded pretty quickly."

Reeves remained hopeful Monday that Rudy's would reopen Tuesday. About 20 diners were inside when the storm hit.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting. 

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