Shoppers terrified as roof collapses in superstore and narrowly misses customers

Shoppers in a store had a lucky escape after the shop roof collapsed narrowly missing customers.

Staff at Dunelm in Plymouth, Devon, were forced to shut the shop early after the roof caved in the doorway – almost smashing into unsuspecting shoppers.

One witness had a miraculous near miss as he said part of the crumbling roof fell “right in front” of him .

Shoppers were left terrified as parts of the store came falling down around them.

Danny Manning told the Plymouth Herald: “Went to walk in, a bit fell right in front of me. My misses was like, 'Omg that could of hit us!'"

He says it nearly missed other customers who were also inside the entrance to the store.

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Staff have confirmed the store has been closed until further notice, and cannot say what may have caused the roof to collapse.

It is not known whether the recent bad weather had something to do with the roof collapsing.

But there are reports of a nearby Asda closing due to flooding as thunderstorms batter parts of the country.

Flash floods have caused havoc across the UK including Plymouth.

  • UK weather: Met Office issues yellow warnings for torrential rain and thunderstorms

A yellow weather warning is already in place for much of the UK for severe rain and thunder.

Plymouth, along with other cities and towns, has been battered by wind and rain.

The Met Office has warned rain will continue into the early evening.

It said: “Areas of heavy rain will continue to move eastwards across southern parts of England, bringing up to 1.1 or 1.5 inches (30 or 40mm) in five or six hours in a few areas – enough to cause a lot of surface water and some flooding on roads.

"Conditions drying up across the west of the warning area later."

The yellow weather warning is in place for London and most of the south of England.

Flooding is a possibility again after Storm Francis brought severe downpours earlier in the week.

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