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Strong winds blow roof off of Pasco condo building

There were no injuries. But two people were displaced by wind damage.
Strong winds destroyed a roof in New Port Richey on Wednesday, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.
Strong winds destroyed a roof in New Port Richey on Wednesday, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue. [ Pasco County Fire and Rescue ]
Published Jul. 22, 2020

NEW PORT RICHEY — Strong winds ripped the roof off of a condo building on Wednesday afternoon near Little Road and Villa Entrada, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.

The agency said no one was injured in the incident, but two people were displaced. The agency released photos that show the damage was continued inside of the structure, beyond just the roof.

The strong winds came with the afternoon thunderstorms that rocked most of Tampa Bay. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour throughout the region.

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is partially to blame for Wednesday’s wind and rain, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 Meteorologist Mike Clay.

“A tropical wave is in the Gulf of Mexico moving away from Florida but deep moisture remains,” Clay said Wednesday.

“This time of year is the heart of our rainy season, so rain chances remain around 50 percent each day into the weekend.”