Tropical Storm Debby: Tornado touches down in Pass-a-Grille, one person injured

11:55 PM, Jun 24, 2012

Pass-a-Grille, Florida — Trees and power lines were downed after a tornado associated with Tropical Storm Debby barrelled through the barrier-reef island of Pass-a-Grille, Florida Sunday evening.

The St. Petersburg Beach fire marshall told 10 News that although no deaths were reported from the tornado touchdown, a woman was injured when a roof collapsed on top of her. She is reportedly going to be fine. Another house owned by an 86 and 87-year-old husband and wife had its roof torn off.

Debby was a large tropical cyclone with strong winds and very heavy rain extending a great distance from its center. Widespread flooding and high winds forced authorities to order the closing of the  8-lane interstate highway bridge connecting Tampa, Tampa International Airport, St. Petersburg and areas to Florida’s southwest coast. Thousands of homes and businesses lost electricity.

These photos were taken on July 16, 2012 in Pass-a-Grille showing damage to homes in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby. The missing soffits are proof that aluminum soffits will suck down – and blow out – as a result of the negative and positive pressures associated with tropical wind events. And it doesn’t take hurricane force winds to have damage.

BPA’s Safety Vents saved the day for one Pass-a-Grille homeowner. (Click here to read more)