Powerful storm displaces residents in Clearwater

Posted at 3:20 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 20:27:54-04

A powerful storm had people in Clearwater running taking cover Thursday morning.

Some of the residential streets most affected were Grand View Avenue, Merrill Avenue, Hoyt Avenue, Moss Avenue and Brigadoon Drive.

One woman, Barbara Heishman, took cover in her closet as powerful winds and rain pounded her home, ripping off part of her roof and blowing her shed down.

"My bedroom door started to rattle, shortly after that the power went out and it sounded like the roof was coming out of the house," she said.

She thought she may not make it out alive.

"I felt like I was saying goodbye to my family," she said."

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Three town home apartments damaged on Brigadoon have had residents displaced. The Red Cross is assisting them.

"I woke up because it was raining so bad and we went downstairs, looked out the window and there was a bunch of chairs flying around!" said one Clearwater teenager.

"Anything could have happened," said Anita Lucas, a Clearwater resident. "That tree right there could have fell. If that tree fell,  I know you guys can't see it, but it would have landed directly on our house."

Marvin Blair said his family was just minutes away from being in a parked car that was shattered by a fallen tree branch.

"I could have lost my family this morning," he said

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The main areas that appear to be affected are west and north of Eddie C. Moore Recreation Complex, city of Clearwater officials said. There are multiple trees down and power lines were downed as well. The damage began happening shortly after 7:00 AM.

Duke Energy crews were on scene as well this morning trying to remove downed power lines and restore power.

Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex sustained some damage as well.

A fence on the east side of the fields was damaged, and a scoreboard was ripped out of the ground. Several soccer goals were tossed around like toys as well, city officials said.

No injuries have been reported.