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Strong winds rip roofs from Palmetto homes after Sunday night storm

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 20:13:41-04

PALMETTO, Fla. — It was a scary night for families in one bay area neighborhood as strong storms took down trees and ripped roofs off of homes.

"It sounded like a hurricane or a tornado," said Palmetto resident Fred Stansfield.

Overnight strong winds knocked down fences, took down trees, and peeled aluminum roofs right off of homes at a Palmetto mobile home park.

"The South end of my trailer came up off the ground," said Stansfield.

The National Weather Service says a microburst is responsible for winds up to 65 miles per hour that took off part of Richard Kern's roof.

"It was scary," said Kern.

On Monday, neighbors helped each other clean up the mess.

"We went through the hurricane last fall and this was more wind than that," said Kern.

Thankfully, no one was in the homes that received the worst damage during the storm and others who got little damage are counting their blessings

"I feel lucky," said Kern.