EF 1 tornado hits Riverwind Casino without warning


JONATHAN: THIS CASINO IS OPEN TODAY, BUT THEY HAVE A LOT OF CLEANING UP TO DO. TAKE A LOOK YOU CAN SEE THE HOTEL SUFFERED QUITE A BIT OF DAMAGE. AND THERE IS A BLUE TARP WHE PART OF THE ROOF WAS TAKEN OFF. CASINO OFFICIALS TELL ME TODAY THEY WERE GIVEN ALMOST NO WARNING WHEN THAT TORNADO HIT. SPOKESPERSON KYM KOCH SAYS THE STRONG WINDS LIFTED UP PART OF THEIR ROOF CAUSING RAIN TO POU DOWN ONTO THE CASINO FLOOR. BECAUSE OF THAT MORE THAN 2700 SLOT MACHINES WERE DAMAGED. AND CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO FIX MOST OF THOSE. MEANWHILE THE HOTEL CONNECTED TO THE CASINO HAD WINDOWS BLOWN OUT AND THE ROOF DAMAGED THERE AS WELL. THE HOTEL WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL WEDNESDAY BUT KOCH SAYS THEY’RE JUST THANKFUL NOBODY WAS INJURE>>I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER. WE HAD NO WARNING, THIS HIT WITHOUT ANY WARNING TO US AND OUR PATRONS. WE HAD NO INJURIES TO EMPLOYEES OR PATRONS. THAT IS A BLESSING. JONATHAN: THE FOOD COURT HERE AT THE CASINO WAS ALSO DAMAGED. BECAUSE OF THAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT IN FOOD TRUCKS FOR GUESTS. KOCH SAYS IT IS STILL TOO EARLY TO PUT A PRICE ON ALL OF THIS DAMAGE. BUT THEY HOPE TO HAVE EVERYTHING CLEANED UP SOON.

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