Tornado damages 57 homes & businesses in Pasco

Posted at 5:31 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 20:37:32-04
Victor and Michelle will have to redesign their pool area a little sooner than they had planned.
“Look at it this way, Mother Nature did a free demo,” said Victor.
The destruction came from the tornado that tore through their neighborhood as they got ready for work around 6 a.m. on Thursday.
The pool cage was an easy target.
“The top of the lanai did like a wave. It picked up and went back down. Then I heard it just go off,” Victor said.
Much of the structure ended up on the roof. The rest sat mangled next to the home.
But no one was hurt.
“A little scary, kind of shocking. Glad everybody is ok. And wasn’t any worse than it is,” said Michelle.
From Action Air 1 we saw more of the damage around Port Richey on both sides of US 19.
We spotted fences down and broken street lights.
A palm tree fell, cracking roof tiles.
Another tree was pulled out of the ground.
And there is even a trampoline that ended up on top of a home.
We were also rolling as the National Weather Service showed up and confirmed this was an EF-0 tornado with winds of about 65 miles an hour.
“And it caused a narrow path of damage from near the coast all the way to US 19,” said Daniel Noah with the NWS.
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Meanwhile as friends and neighbors work to help Victor and Michelle clean-up.
Not everything got trashed. 
The grill survived. And so did the television.
“It looks like it did. It had a cover on it that got blown off. But it’s still there,” said Victor.
Pasco County Utilities crews will help clean up.  They will make one sweep through damaged areas to pick up storm  debris only on Monday, April 11. 
They're asking residents to collect all debris and line it up along the curb for pick-up.
Affected home and business owners can call Pasco County Customer Service at  (727) 847-2411.
57 total homes and businesses have reported damage. 
Out of those, 52 had minor damage and 5 major damage.