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Tallahassee family left without a home after Thursday's severe weather

Tree falls on home at Brittany Estates
Posted at 5:35 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 18:34:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After Thursday night's storm, at least one family in the Capital City is looking for a new place to live.

Viviana Quiros has lived in the Brittany Estates neighborhood with her four children for about a year-and-a-half. They have braced many storms, but nothing could have prepared them for a tree crashing down on top of their home.

"He was playing video games and I was watching TV,” said Quiros. “I saw the lightning, but I didn't think it was actually going to strike one of the trees by my house. And then, 10 minutes after, maybe less, it just fell and shook everything."

"My life literally flashed before my eyes," Borrida said.

The tree is still resting on the roof, and Quiros and her 15-year-old son, Nathan Borrida, are still trying to process what happened.

Quiros said this is the first time she's received damage from any type of storm. She’s just thankful that no one was hurt.

"All I really have to say is that if that tree sunk any farther, I would be gone,” said Borrida. “I would not be here."

As the tree fell, water came rushing through the house, ensuring Quiros and her family were without a place to live.

"In this situation,” said Quiros, “it’s not like you can have any comfort. It's really stressful. You know, I lost my house completely. There's no way it can be rebuilt. Inside it is completely damaged."

Red Cross volunteers came to the neighborhood earlier to provide support to the family.

"Anytime there is a home disaster we check on the inhabitants,” said Sandi Poreda, a Red Cross Volunteer. “We make sure they are safe, and we are able to give them financial assistance."

Quiros said she and her family plan to stay with friends in the area. The family's main goal now is to move forward.