Restaurant Customers Flee Incoming Storm

Yesterday's severe storms also caused damage throughout the Coulee Region. One area restaurant is recovering after a storm blew through its enclosed patio -- while employees were still out there -- and the destruction was caught on camera. Fox 25/48's Erin O’Brien has that video and explains how the restaurant is reacting today.

Drying up and clearing out in Brice Prairie after a scary moment yesterday out on the patio of Red Pines Bar and Grill for Connor Todd, who works as a cook at Red Pines and is the owner’s son.

“I’ve never been in a storm that was that bad before.”

And it was all caught on the restaurant's surveillance camera. As the storm picks up, diners run inside. A few seconds later, Connor and another bartender run out to close the windows.

"I grabbed the post cause at that point I didn't think I could make it back inside the restaurant. 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 today cleaning up.

"I know our volleyball court is wrecked, 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."

James Mollman was in his camper when this tree fell and he's glad he's okay.

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

The restaurants owners say it's still too early to tell how much repairs will cost but the restaurant is up and running and they're just thankful no one was hurt.

"When there's a tornado warning stay inside and don't do anything reckless."

In Brice Prairie, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.

The national weather service has not confirmed if a tornado hit the Onalaska area, but did confirm that an EF-1 touched down in Trempealeau County last night.


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