VIDEO: Roof ripped off building in west Boynton Beach

New footage shows punishing storms hitting southern Palm Beach County on Sunday
Powerful wind gusts rip part of a roof off a building in west Boynton Beach on April 11, 2021.jpg
Posted at 1:07 PM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 17:53:05-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Dramatic new video shows punishing wind ripping parts of a roof off a building in west Boynton Beach on Sunday.

Strong storms swept through the area in the afternoon hours, packing heavy rain and powerful wind gusts.

Video from WPTV viewer Maria Vazquez showed those gusts barreling through the area of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Lawrence Road, tearing chunks off a roof off a building.


Roof ripped off building in west Boynton Beach

Another WPTV viewer sent us photos from the same area, Oakwood Lakes Drive in west Boynton Beach, shows trees uprooted, roof damage, and concrete parking bumpers smashed into cars.

"The roof just kept flying," Vazquez said.

Vazquez was home on Sunday afternoon when the storms blew through.

"You just heard like a truck just coming over my building crossing over," Vazquez said.

On Monday, Vazquez was outside cleaning up the yard. She said she’s lucky there was no damage to her house.

"That could have been my building," Vazquez said.

"It seems to have gone straight through here," said Barbara Bancke, who lives across the street and said it felt like a tornado blew through the area

A wheel stop was pulled out of the ground, insulation was scattered across the area, and Bancke said they had a tree blocking a road Sunday night and a group moved it.

"We worried about when it got dark we worried about people hitting it," Bancke said.

Vazquez said if this is a preview of spring storms, it’s a good reminder how quickly a thunderstorm can become dangerous

"I am not used to that. I am from up north, and if this is a preview of what our hurricane season will be like, I better really prep myself because emotionally I can't deal with this," Vazquez said.

WPTV Meteorologist James Wieland tracked that line of fierce storms on Sunday afternoon through southern Palm Beach County, saying wind gusts of 60 and 70 miles per hour were not out of the question.

"That's damage-causing wind," Wieland said. "That could knock down some power lines, make your power flicker or even go out. Could knock down some trees."


Radar of Boynton Beach storms

WPTV Meteorologist Kahtia Hall said on Monday the severe weather threat is over, and we're expecting drier conditions for the next couple of days.

If you're dealing with damage from Sunday's storms, WPTV has put together a list of resources that can help you.