Tropical Storm Andrea: Trees Fall On Homes & Cars
GAINESVILLE - While Andrea wasn't a strong storm, it certainly caused some problems. The rain knocked down quite a few trees, damaging cars and damaging homes. I spoke to a very lucky elementary school teacher who had a tree fall inches from her head.
It was the last day of school for teachers, but this isn't the reason Cynthia Bowen, will always remember it. "Oh my god, the wind was swaying and all of the sudden i see this tree falling, it's falling on me! I step on the brakes and i heard the crush of the windshield and the crush of the car and I thought... Oh my god I am under a tree," Ms. Bowen said.
Ms. Bowen is a 5th grade teacher for Clay County Public Schools who was shaken by a tree that fell on her car as she was driving down Southwest 13th street, near the Paramount Inn Hotel. The teacher said, "The tree crushed the car but it came 12 inches from my head. Which left me just enough room to open the car door about 45 degrees to slip out, that was it."
Police officers rerouted traffic for about 2 hours until the tree was cleared from the scene. That wasn't the only tree that came crashing down. Another tree fell here on Northeast 12th Street and 31st Avenue. Fortunately it didn't do any damage and only blocked traffic for awhile. This tree fell on top of a home on Northeast 15th Street and 31st Avenue.
It mostly knocked down the fence and destroyed the homeowners belongings in the backyard.
While the homeowner did not wish to talk on camera she told me she feels very lucky as she was about to take out the trash minutes before the tree collapsed on her backyard.
And as for Ms. Bowen whose car was totaled, she tells me she is glad to be alive for next school year. "And it's only a miracle of god's grace that i am not crushed or electrocuted, because there was a live electrical line that could of fried me, I would of been dust," Ms. Bowen said.
Winds could still be gusty this evening (June 6th 2013). So you may want to remove things like trash cans or gas grills. And bringing your pets inside, may be a good idea.
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