Storm damage ravages Florida’s west coast

Storm damage ravages Charlotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Wednesday’s storm left behind large swaths of damage across Charlotte County. Early in the afternoon, heavy rains and strong winds pounded the area.

The storm began ripping off portions of the roof at a SunTrust bank building off US 41.

Stella Hicks was inside. “We heard stuff hitting the window and then my ears started popping really bad so we knew something was going on,” she said.

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Andy Shuman was driving nearby, trying get away from the storm. But he soon stopped dead in his tracks.

“Right by Target, there looked like, pure black and there was some spray that looked like it was spinning around in the air and all of a sudden stuff started to fall from the sky, about 100 feet in the air,” Shuman said.

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The SunTrust building was soon evacuated, and first responders rushed to the area. Outside, Mother Nature left quite a mess. Pieces of roof and debris were strewn across the parking lot. Cars were damaged.

Emergency crews quickly began cleaning up, taking down tree branches and tearing up large tree limbs. The damage was also extensive across numerous areas in the county.

The roofs of many homes were ripped up in a neighborhood off of Rampart Boulevard. Power was out for many residents in the area after poles were pushed aside and left leaning toward the road.

On Wednesday afternoon, Florida Power & Light reported that around 1,000 customers were without power. Emergency officials have a large mess to clean up but they’re thankful that there have been no reported injuries.

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