'Wind event' in Umatilla downs trees, damages structures

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
Lake County EOC

The Umatilla Inn was damaged Sunday, Sept 10. 2017 during a "wind event" in Lake County a few hours before Hurricane Irma rolled though the county.

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Lake County officials said Sunday night that a "wind event" in Umatilla caused downed trees and structural damage.

Hurricane Irma's outer bands are bringing tornado-producing conditions up the Florida peninsula as the eye of the storm remains off the Gulf Coast.

News 6 reporter Matt Petrillo was at the scene off North Central Avenue just before 8 p.m. and said the Umatilla Inn was severly damaged.

Lake County was under a tornado warning until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A News 6 viewer shared a photo of the damaged Umatilla Inn and Restaurant.

Earlier in the day an EF 0 tornado touched down in Brevard County, destroying six mobile homes.

Officials said Umatilla Elementary, which is serving as a shelter, has minor non-structural damage, but is without power and having generator issues.

Special-needs evacuees are being transported by emergency medical services to Mount Dora High School.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

 

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