Tornado damages local boat store
DANIA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- What started off as a minor rain shower turned into a rough wind storm for the World Cat boat store.
Surveillance video from the boat store showed rough winds and rain knocking down and flipping over three boats that had been hoisted up on a rack. The boats ranged from 200 to 350 pounds each.
"You wouldn't want to get hit by one," Bruce Wade, the store's owner said. "They were up on a rack. Actually, a small one, the one that got the most damage, was inside of another one, and it picked it up out of that one and threw it out too."
The storm also moved a heavier boat and slammed it into a fence as well as snapping a power line nearby.
Bruce Wade, the store's owner, had taken shelter inside his business during the storm. "We're standing inside, staying out of the rain," Wade said. "It just sounded like a freight train coming through. Branches and stuff started flying, and next thing, boats started flying around.
According to Wade, the storm caused between $8,000 to $10,000 of damages.
"A couple boats that folded up, the trim on the building. My boat got pushed back into a fence, just one of those things," Wade said.
The storm was not just a problem for the store front. A utility worker was also injured after the crane he was sitting in was struck by lightning.
According to Lauderhill Fire Rescue, a Florida Power and Light employee suffered minor burns when lightning struck a crane he was in while working in Lauderhill, near 3620 N.W. 4th St. The man was transported to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
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