Deputies confirm tornado touched down in Umatilla

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UMATILLA, Fla. – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office confirms a tornado did touch down at a restaurant and RV park in Umatilla ahead of Hurricane Irma hitting landfall in Central Florida.

[RELATED: ‘Wind event’ in Umatilla downs trees, damages structures]

The Old Mill Stream RV Resort off North Central Avenue took a direct hit.

“Never seen devastation like this before,” Wally Medley said.

He is the manager at the RV resort and was one of the 20 or so people who were here taking shelter when the tornado hit.

“As I went to reach for the door, the door was rattling,” Medley said. “And I just heard a freight train.”

Once the storm had passed, they stepped outside of the building, and were surprised at what they saw.

Some RVs were hardly touched, while others were obliterated.

“There’s about 20 units in here that have either been flipped over or totally destroyed,” Medley said. “It just devastated this area.”

Medley took News 6 on a tour of the resort grounds. He said many of the people who stay here are snowbirds and thankfully were not here. But now the ones whose RVs were affected will have to be contacted, and have their insurance claims adjusters help them take care of this mess.

Until then, Medley said he can’t touch anything, and is stuck cleaning up the trees that came toppling down all over the property.

“I’ll never underestimate Mother Nature again,” Medley said.

Medley said of the 22 residents who took shelter inside the building on the resort ground property, none of their RVs were affected by the tornado.

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