Storm damage to restaurant caught on camera

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BRICE PRAIRIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Brice Prairie restaurant is recovering after a storm blew through its enclosed patio while employees were still on it, and the destruction was caught on camera.

It was a scary moment for Connor Todd, who works as a cook at Red Pines Bar and Grill and is the owners' son.

"I've never been in a storm that was that bad before," he said.

The surveillance video shows diners running inside as the storm picks up.

A few seconds later, Todd and another bartender run outside to close the windows.

"I grabbed the post because at that point I didn't think I could make it back inside the restaurant," he said. "I turned around to Dustin who was waiting at the door to catch me. I let go and as soon as I turned around I was basically at the door because the wind was so intense."

No one was hurt but the restaurant spent Thursday cleaning up.

"I know our volleyball court is wrecked," said Todd. "I think the patio for the most part is okay. We have a few broken tables and picnic tables and chairs but I think for the most part we're good."

Just down the hill from the restaurant, fallen trees damaged one camper and destroyed another.

"All I could see was wind and things flying sideways and I"m pretty sure but I can't prove it that it was a tornado," said James Mollman of Kenosha.

He was in his camper when a tree fell on it, and he's glad he's okay.

"I got a lot of damage and I just hope I can get it all fixed," he said.

The Red Pines says it's still too early to tell how much repairs will cost but the restaurant is up and running. They're thankful no one was hurt.

The National Weather Service has not confirmed if a tornado hit the Onalaska area, but did confirm that an EF1 touched down in Trempealeau Wednesday night.



 
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