The storm with near tornado intensity that ravaged Brazil Wednesday afternoon left a multitude of fallen trees in its path. The uprooted and toppled timbers brought the city to its knees by bringing down power lines and blocking major roadways.
Only minor injuries were reported from St. Vincent Clay Hospital. But damaged vehicles and buildings were common place throughout the city.
Razors Hair Design, 116 S. Cass St., had a storage shed destroyed when a large tree fell on it and blocked the entrance to the beauty shop. An antique car that had been stored in the shed received major damage.
A hair stylist and her customer, who was getting a perm, were trapped inside the building when the only exit was obstructed. The Brazil City Fire Department helped the ladies escape after breaking in the front window.
Razors manager Jennifer Lunsford said hair dresser Chrissy Cook had just put rollers and rods in her customer's hair.
"Fortunately, she had not yet applied the chemical, Lunsford said.
Likens & Sons Tree Service worked on the tree removal from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday night and returned Thursday at 7 a.m. Lunsford expected the business to be open Friday, if not sooner.
"We'll be open as soon as they get it cleaned up," She said.