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Tampa couple left homeless after strong winds from Tropical Storm Eta drop massive tree on home

Posted at 5:24 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 05:24:03-05

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa couple is now homeless after a massive tree fell on their home in the strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Eta.

Ana Cobas said around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night she heard a loud noise.

"All the sudden I heard a big ruckus," she said. "Bang! It was horrible."

The loud noise was a massive tree falling into their living room, puncturing the ceiling and opening the home to potential flooding.

She said soon after the crash, her husband came running into the bedroom, telling her they needed to get out.

"He says we gotta get out of here we gotta get out of here!" Cobas said.

Neither of them were hurt, but they are now left with few options. They said Tampa Fire Rescue told them the home is no longer structurally safe for them to stay in, so the couple slept in their car overnight waiting for the Red Cross to arrive in the morning.

The couple has some health concerns, including recovering from recent surgeries, and were hesitant to go into a shelter due to COVID-19.

They are hopeful to get some resources from the Red Cross on Thursday morning.