PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Thursday night's line of storms moved through the region and exited quickly, leaving damage in areas across the Tampa Bay Area.
Preliminary reports indicate a tornado did touch down in Pinellas County, where the most concentrated damage occurred.
The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that a tornado touched down as an EF-0 with estimated peak winds at 85 mph. The tornado's path stretched for 9.24 miles.
Numerous power lines were knocked onto 66th St N during the storm. Duke Energy is working to restore power to the area.
The wooden posts holding up a large billboard on 66th St N snapped overnight and the billboard went tumbling to the ground.
Several mobile homes were left damaged in the Palm Grove Village community off 66th Street North.
Joe Sheehan received a frantic call from a neighbor around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, informing him that a roof was wrapped around a tree in his yard. Sheehan rushed home from work to find that the roof in his yard was from his own home.
He says it hasn’t really sunk in yet.
“You look at other people and other countries where they have devastation from storms and you say, wow I’m glad it wasn’t me. My roof is very insignificant to those who have lost everything,” he said.
This was the scene Friday morning at the Palm Grove Village mobile home park. (Saundra Weathers/Spectrum Bay News 9)
Residents in Seminole also saw damage from the storms.
Seven people were inside a home when a huge tree fell and crushed the home. Thankfully, everyone made it out alive.
The tree fell on a bedroom where Bryan Sullivan was sleeping. Authorities said Sullivan was trapped in the room until firefighters arrived and got him out. They say he was taken to the hospital for a concussion.
The other five adults and one child were able to get out of the home safely, but it was some tense moments as the family escaped.
Seminole Fire Rescue was on scene last night. Officials have not said if the home is a total loss, but the family is out of a home right now. The Red Cross has been assisting the family.
There was also damage in Pasco County earlier in the day as the strong wind knocked down trees, scattering debris everywhere.
An old Oak tree also fell onto a mobile home at the Springhill Mobile Home Park, trapping an elderly woman inside.
Firefighters say the roof collapsed while she was sitting in a chair and forced her head in between her knees.
Crews had to use some unusual techniques to get her free.
"So firefighters with our technical rescue crew, our special operations crew, went in there and used specialized airbags, tripods and chains to actually lift the giant Oak tree off of the woman and lift the physicall roof of the home off of her and were able to pull her out," Corey Deirdorff with Pasco County Fire Rescue said.
It took firefighters 40 minutes to free the woman. Amazingly, she suffered relatively minor injuries.