Customers trapped inside of a restaurant hit by a massive tornado last night have been rescued. According to NBC, a large tornado swept across the city of Rochelle, Ill. and ripped through Grubsteakers, a popular local restaurant. The twister completely flattened the building and trapped 14 people within the rubble. Luckily, none of the victims were injured.
Raymond Kramer — one of the people stuck at the restaurant — tells ABC7 that they were lucky that the restaurant had a storm cellar. Even then, they were not free from falling debris: "When the tornado hit, we all got a dust bath. Everyone in there got shattered with dust and debris falling out of the rafters. The customers and restaurant staff were in the cellar for 90 minutes before emergency crews were able to get to them. While no one was hurt, the restaurant was destroyed. A local resident tells NBC, "It's going to be sorely missed, because it's kind of the local gathering place for people."
Other hungry restaurant patrons have also suffered through tornadoes. In 2011, a tornado tore through Jackson, Miss. and caused a lot of damage. Not only did it destroy trees and cars, it also snatched the burgers, fries, and drink right out of a man's hand as he was about to bite into it.