SYRACUSE – a strong gust of wind blew a barn roof into power lines in Syracuse Monday night, toppling poles and damaging vehicles.
Syracuse Fire Chief Eric Froerer told the Clipper the gust of wind hit at around 8:25 p.m.
The wind ripped the roof of a nearby barn located near 700 South and 2200 West.
Froerer said the impact of the flying rooftop snapped seven power poles at their ground level, knocking them into the road.
He said one of the poles fell onto a car driven by a female driver, who had the sense to stay in her car until help could arrive. After an hour, crews were able to establish that there was no current in the lines and the woman was able to exit the vehicle without any injuries.
“That was very smart on her part,” said Froerer.
Ten other cars and a few structures were also damaged in the incident.
The outage affected residents between 2200 West and 2700 West, who were without power through most of Tuesday.
Power was restored by Tuesday afternoon.