UPDATE: The building at 503-519 East Main St. — a three-story structure with apartments above and retail on the ground floor — has not collapsed. The roof had been partially ripped off by the tornado Thursday and was covered by a tarp. The weight of the stray shower an hour ago seems to have caused part of the roof to cave in.
Eddie Reyes, owner of El Coquito, 496 East Main St., said several residents were inside the building at the time of the roof collapse but everyone appears to have escaped safely.
Now, however, people appear to have voluntarily gone into the building and are throwing their belongings out of the windows, according to one of our reporters out at the scene.
Luz Acevedo, 77, was one of the people in the building at the time. She made it out with one of her cats, although her three other cats appear to be trapped inside.