High Winds dealt a blow to Hastings Store early Tuesday morning by peeling a sizeable portion of the metal roof back. Portions of the roof facing Route 2 were blown to the ground and there was other damage on the back of the building, including on a smaller roof that helped cover the exhaust equipment for the store’s kitchen. Jenny Rafuse, owner and the fourth generation of the Hastings family to operate the country store, said she was on her way to the store at 4:15 a.m. to cook a batch of doughnuts and was receiving text messages about the damage. There were pieces of roofing material scattered about the area and across the street, a porta-potty had been blown 40 feet from its original location and tipped over. The roof, a standing seam metal roof, is believed to be between 40 and 50 years old, said Rafuse, who was taking the damage in stride and hoping to turn crisis into opportunity.
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