'Wind event' knocks hole in Florida restaurant on July Fourth

Posted: 5:54 AM, Jul 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-05 06:00:41-04
'Wind event' knocks hole in Florida restaurant
'Wind event' knocks hole in Florida restaurant

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a storm that brought sudden high winds knocked a hole in the roof of a Florida restaurant, sending some 80 people scrambling for cover.

Tavares police officer Jason Baugh tells the  Orlando Sentinel  the Wednesday afternoon storm that interrupted the Independence Day celebration at the Fish Camp on Lake Eustis also toppled nearby trees and knocked out power. Forty-one-year-old Robert Spittle was visiting from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. He says he looked up and saw "stuff flying across the patio."

Authorities said one person was scratched by flying equipment but no one else was hurt.

The Tavares Fire Department posted on Facebook that a "wind event" caused a warehouse-type building to collapse and damaged a fence.