Straight line winds destroy Dover mobile home

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office tweeted this picture: "@HCSOSheriff said "Deputies and @HillsFireRescue personnel did not locate any victims in the wreckage of the severely damaged MHP."
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Dover, Florida-- Straight lined winds trapped families inside their homes in Dover on Wednesday night.  

A family of six women, a mother and her five children, were forced to climb out of their window to escape being crushed by falling tree limbs at the Shady Oaks Mobile Home Park. 

Photos: Widespread severe weather damages mobile home park, other areas

"Everything happened so fast. I had to find all my children, and then try to open the doors but the doors were stuck shut from the storm and so we found a window to climb out of," Ana Ramirez told 10 News, with her daughter translating her Spanish to English.

See also: Possible tornado touch down in Dover

"It was scary and we were afraid not all of us had gotten out," said Maria, Ramirez's 13-year-old daughter. "My mom was going crazy trying to call out each of our names looking for us. It was so scary because the storm was knocking trees and stuff all around us."

The property owners rushed over to the mobile home park as soon as they heard it was damaged.

"We pulled a huge tree limb off the front door of a family's mobile home," said Great Bay Parks Property Manager Debora Hall. "We were able to let a mother and her baby free from being trapped inside their home."

A Home Depot in Brandon donated a palette of water with garbage bags and gloves to help people clean up the debris. 

Fallen tree limbs destroyed the Ramirez home and damaged several other mobile homes. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office initial report did call this storm a tornado, but there have not been any official reports to confirm that it was anything other than straight line winds.

No one was injured.  

See also: Across the Bay, Lightning possible cause of Clearwater house fire

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