Winds do damage in Tampa and surrounding areas

On its official website, the city of New Port Richey touts its proximity to Tampa (it’s just 30 miles northwest of us), its waterfronts (river and Gulf of Mexico), shopping, culture and history. If you were there last weekend, you undoubtedly felt some high winds blowing through the Pasco County town.

According to the Associated Press and WTSP (Channel 10) news, tropical storm-force winds caused damage there. A county spokesperson said winds gusted up to 65 miles per hour and sustained a velocity of around 50 mph from Hudson to New Port Richey.

Of course, Tampa residents were not untouched by the strong winds either. WTSP reported that the Skyway Bridge across the bay was shut down for several hours because of dangerously high winds.

The Pasco County spokesperson said fire rescue operations there were for a short period limited in order to keep employees safe.

The county’s emergency management department reported some property damage across the area, including fires set off by downed power lines. In addition, a number of roads were blocked by downed light poles or trees.

Pasco County also reported that a half dozen buildings sustained damage. Few details were available, though the TV station did say that winds tore the roof off of a house and also toppled a car port.

While some might wave off the reports of damage as light, to those homeowners impacted by the winds, the damage can mean filing insurance claims and in many cases, having those claims denied by insurers.

An experienced property insurance claims attorney can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.