Pedestrians and motorists had a lucky escape when the front of a Sheffield fast foot outlet blew out in high winds.
The entire Subway frontage at Valley Centertainment crashed to the ground during yesterday’s storm.
Witnesses said it was a miracle nobody was seriously hurt.
Construction worker Andy Love, who was working at the nearby Frankie & Benny’s restaurant, said he and colleagues, from Winworth Construction, placed a digger on top of the giant glass panel to prevent gusts of winds from getting underneath it and sending it flying.
He said: “It had landed on a motorbike parked outside, but it is just lucky it didn’t hit somebody walking past.”
Diana Turner, who was dining at the nearby Flaming Dragon at the time, said: “We all heard an almighty crash and when we went outside we saw the entire Subway shop window had fallen out.
“I am surprised nobody was seriously hurt because Valley Centertainment is a busy place. This could easily have been much worse.”
Rachana Pancholi, of Subway, said: “The safety of our customers is our biggest concern and that’s why we chose to close the store yesterday. We will be open for business again today.”
Meanwhile, a glass door panel shattered at Sheffield College in Granville Road during the storm.
About 20 members of staff and students were near the main entrance at the time of the incident. Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution after being treated by college first aiders.
Julie Byrne, college principal, said: “I’d like to thank my staff for helping their colleagues and students to safety during what appears to be a freak incident.
“As a precaution, two members of staff have been sent to hospital for shock and minor injuries.”
Part of the roof also blew off Doncaster’s Hayfield School yesterday.
Gusts of wind measuring 83mph were recorded in South Yorkshire yesterday as gales wreaked havoc across the North.
The measurement – the strongest gust of wind in the county this year – was taken at High Bradfield.
Another strong gust measuring 60mph was recorded at Museum Sheffield’s weather centre in Weston Park.
A 40mph speed restriction was put in place on the Tinsley Viaduct amid fears high-sided vehicles could blow over.
One lorry did blow over on the A1(M), near Doncaster - trapping the driver in the cab. The man, aged in his 60s, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with ankle injuries.
Three lorries also overturned between Junctions 28 and 29a of the M1, near Chesterfield.
Firefighters were also called out amid concerns two large shop signs could blow down – at Milton’s music shop in Sheffield city centre and the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster.
Trees were also uprooted across the county, with residents on Greenland Road in Darnall, Retford Road in Woodhouse Mill and Reneville Crescent in Ecclesfield, all reporting problems.
A tree also landed on a powerline in Wortley, causing a power cut for part of the village.
Graeme Symonds, from Sheffield Council’s road maintenance contractor Amey, said the firm received 200 calls for help, half for trees and branches blocking roads.