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Pasco County's Holy Ground Homeless Shelter hit by possible tornado

Soggy finish to show: Concertgoers begin to pack up and seek shelter in Coachman Park during the Clearwater Fun ’N Sun Festival on Sunday as strong gusts of wind and rain moved on shore. Entertainer Darryl Worley was just wrapping up his set.

JOSEPH GARNETT JR. | Times

Soggy finish to show: Concertgoers begin to pack up and seek shelter in Coachman Park during the Clearwater Fun ’N Sun Festival on Sunday as strong gusts of wind and rain moved on shore. Entertainer Darryl Worley was just wrapping up his set.

Severe thunderstorms that raked across the bay area Sunday evening brought winds and flooding to some areas and left a Pasco County homeless shelter battered by a suspected tornado.

The staff and residents of the Holy Ground Homeless Shelter in Hudson barely had time to react when strong winds hit around 6 p.m., said Jean Timmons, one of its managers.

Most were able to take cover in one of the compound's sturdier buildings, and none of the 35 residents were injured.

"The director was going out to get the residents into the secure building. It just came across 19 so fast, everyone scurried into her house," Timmons said.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible tornado sighting at Denton Avenue and U.S. 19 in Hudson, near the shelter.

The storm also downed power lines in Pasco, but elsewhere around Tampa Bay, the storm mostly brought an unseasonable dose of beneficial rain.

Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay said the storm system was the weakening remnant of the severe weather that brought heavy showers to other parts of the country.

For Central Florida, which usually sees relatively dry Aprils, the Sunday downpour was beneficial for plants and water levels.

The outlook for the week ahead, Clay said, is bright. "Tomorrow should be a pretty nice day," he said Sunday.

Pasco County's Holy Ground Homeless Shelter hit by possible tornado 04/25/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 25, 2010 11:39pm]
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