Cleanup continues after tornado hits Hobe Sound

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 18:36:01-05

The Livingston family home on Coconut Street in Hobe Sound was right in the middle of the path of Sunday’s tornado.

"I woke up to my mom screaming bloody murder," said Melissa Livingston. “The windows shattered within the house.  There was glass everywhere.”

Debris trapped the family inside.

“It was in the driveway, it was in the patio so none of us could get out, downed power lines in the back," said Livingston.

A call to fire-rescue alleviated that problem so the cleanup could begin.

Across the street from the Livingston home, Scott Dean’s light pole is no more, but that’s not the worst of it.

“Big branch was through that hole," points Dean to a tear in his new patio enclosure.

A massive banyan tree at one time completely covered his roof.  A roof that itself, was only a month old.

“The winds started picking up and next thing you know you hear that banyan tree just blow apart so we just ran to the closet," said Dean.

They came out to discover Dean’s daughter’s car with a smashed window.  That turned out not to be the only car on the block to suffer significant damage.

Residents who lived here through the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 say this was far worse than what happened back then.


EARLIER STORY: Cleanup continues Monday in Hobe Sound after a tornado struck the area Sunday morning. 

The EF-1 tornado touched down near U.S 1, packing winds of 90 mph.

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The twister went through an area around Southeast Coconut Street at speeds of 65 mph to 70 mph.

No one was hurt, but there is still a lot of debris being cleared out of the neighborhood.