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A Pembroke glass and window store lost at least a quarter of its roof during Hurricane Humberto.

Island Glass, on Serpentine Road, is now on the move to cover its exposed ceiling before the next storm, which could be as early as next week.

Clive Thatcher, the owner of the store, said: “We've been through all the hurricanes for 30 to 40 years. This is the first time we've ever had any damage to the building.”

Mr Thatcher said that he learnt of the damage on Wednesday night after a neighbour from across the street posted photographs on social media.

An employee then visited the area later that night to confirm what had happened.

Once Mr Thatcher arrived the next morning he discovered that portions of the ceiling had caved in from the hurricane force winds.

He said: “It was an entire mess. Insulation and everything was all over the shop. Ceiling tiles were down, palm trees were sticking through the tiles, lights were hanging.

“It looked like a tornado had gone right through the interior.”

He added: “It wasn't until I got to the top of the roof that I saw we'd lost maybe 30 per cent of the roof overall.”

Mr Thatcher explained that he and the rest of his employees had tasked themselves yesterday with removing whatever debris they could.

He added that he would patch up his exposed ceiling today with watertight boarding to prepare for Tropical Storm Jerry, which has been forecast to potentially reach Bermuda next week.

Mr Thatcher also said that he was unsure how much the damage would cost or if there was any merchandise that had been destroyed by the refuse.

But he added: “Luckily, it hadn't been raining a lot so we didn't get water damage.”

Mr Thatcher also said: “We want to get up and running and hopefully help other people who might have had damage.”

Hurricane damage at Island Glass (Photograph by Sekou Hendrickson)
Hurricane damage at Island Glass (Photograph by Sekou Hendrickson)

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Published September 20, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated September 20, 2019 at 8:02 am)

Island Glass to rebuild losing roof

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