Pasco homes damaged as storms roll through area

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A palm tree more than 40 feet tall smashed against Jason Epp’s Pasco County house Friday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the Hudson area Friday afternoon after reports of damage left behind by a line of storms. The storms rolled through the area around 2:30 p.m. Soon after that Pasco emergency management confirmed four homes sustained damage.

Epp’s house is on Waggle Court. His wife called him in a panic.

“She was frantic and concerned, and I could hear the storm in the background; and basically had pictured the whole wall or the whole roof as being caved in,” Epp said.

Epp made a few well-placed cuts and then tried to take the tree down with his truck and a strap. The strap came apart.

In the end it took several good hits with a sledgehammer to bring the tree down. Epp is a licensed contractor so he knows what he’s doing.

Just around the block, a large carport landed in a garage after winds carried it over a 10-foot wall. One of its aluminum poles pierced the roof and damaged the car inside.

“We were sitting in the living room watching TV, went off and we heard a long bang. I thought it was lightning … I looked out the side and I seen the shed was on the side of the house,” Gary Van Dierendonk said.

Part of the carport had plunked down right on the side of Van Dierendonk’s yard. The storm also damaged his house. “It just tore my screen up a little bit on the side, broke a few pots. But I was lucky,” Van Dierendonk said.

Another home not far away had its pool enclosure damaged. An aluminum awning from another house is resting along the side of that home.

Crews worked Friday to prevent more damage.

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