Hermine's heavy winds rip roof off Treasure Island home
Out in Treasure Island a home is destroyed winds from Hurricane Hermine ripped the roof off the house. 10News reporter Beau Zimmer spoke with the family who narrowly escaped just minutes before.
Beau Zimmer, wltx 5:43 AM. EST September 02, 2016
TREASURE ISLAND, Florida — Heavy winds from Hurricane Hermine ripped the roof off a home in Treasure Island Thursday evening as the Hurricane’s outer bands lashed the Pinellas beaches with wind and heavy rain.
Jeff and Carol Fattibene say they had been home the entire day when they decided to take a ride down the beach to see the wind and rain. Within 15 minutes of leaving, the Fattibenes say they got a call from a neighbor saying their roof had been blown off.
“I’m still in shock,” said Carol Fattibene holding an iPad showing photographs from inside her home. “I’m thankful we weren’t there,” she said pointing to the couch she’d been sitting in minutes earlier now covered in debris.
The roof and covering of the back porch flew into the air, over the house and landed in a neighbors front yard across the street.
“The fire department thought it might have been one of those microbursts or a small tornado or something because all of a sudden the wind just whipped hard for about a minute, and then it was gone,” said Jeff Fattibene
A 10-12 foot section of roof is missing the entire length of the home. Repair crews were trying to cover up the gaping holes late Thursday before the next round or heavy rains arrived.