Woman remembers last tropical storm in area

Rebuilt after tornado hit neighborhood

VERO BEACH, Fla. - Rose Paffenroth goes back in time, to 2012.

"I was in the bedroom and I heard a real hard rain and I thought 'oh here comes another band.'  Then I heard a bang and by the time I walked to the kitchen, everything was flying around the front."

Tropical Storm Isaac had spawned what was defined as a weak tornado, with winds of 80-85 miles an hour.
Still, it was strong enough to do significant damage in the Vero Palm Estates neighborhood.

"Aluminum was wrapped around my tree and someone said to me 'did you crawl under a table?'  I said 'why?' I didn't even know what was going on," Paffenroth recalled.

In the end, at least a dozen homes had to be removed from the community.  The good news was that not a single person was hurt.

More than 100 homes in three separate communities were damaged.  Paffenroth has a new floor and a new roof.  

"It was unbelievable.  Even now when I look at pictures out west of tornadoes, you can't fully understand until you're in it."

The Indian River County Emergency Operations Center has been sending out text alerts to residents if you sign up for it on the county website.
 


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