Strong storms topple trees, power lines in Pasco Co.

11:11 PM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
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DADE CITY, Florida - A storm toppled power lines and trees on Sunday, damaging homes across part of Pasco County.

On Lee Avenue in Dade City, high winds yanked a massive tree out of the ground and sent it tumbling inches from a home. "We're just lucky. We're just lucky, lucky," said the homeowner, who only identified himself as Gilbert.

But just a few miles away, there were residents who were not so lucky. Falling tree branches damaged three homes in a mobile home park along Laura Lane. "It was on the trailer here, and then on her porch," said Julia Preston.

Fortunately, there was no other serious damage to the trailer. But two neighboring mobile homes were deemed unlivable after the heavy branch landed on the roof, causing significant damage.

Pasco County Fire Rescue closed off a portion of Blanton Road and Parrish Road because a tree fell over onto power lines. Drivers were forced to turn and find another way around.

At the storm's height, more than one thousand customers lost power, but that number dwindled to just a few hundred by nightfall.

On Sugarfoot Lane at Trilby Cemetery Road, high winds caused serious damage to farmland property.

"We looked out and the barn and the roof were going across the pasture," said resident David Hink.

Just down the road, another homeowner ended up chasing after her livestock. "Just a whole lot of wind and the horses were scattered, which is why we came out to look to see what was going on," said Andrea Valdez.

Despite the heavy rain and damage, there were no reports of serious injuries.