Strong Winds Push Home Leaving Major Damage
MERCEDES – A Hidalgo county family is looking for a place to live following Sunday night’s storm.
The family claims strong wind moved their house causing extensive damage.
Norma Vega, who lived in the home, said it’s something she may never forget.
"I don't know what happened. I was very scared, me and my kids thought we were going to die, we thought the house was going to flip over," she said.
Vega said strong winds were enough to move their entire home off the cinder blocks it was resting on.
On Monday, she spent the day with her family salvaging what they could, "I have five kids and nowhere to sleep."
CHANNEL 5 NEWS Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith said it appears an outflow was the cause of this damage.
"A thunderstorm grows big and tall and cold air pools at the top sometimes, and cold air is heavy so it rushes down and when it hits the ground it spreads out. And it spreads out in a hurry and sometimes that outflow, that wind blowing out from the thunderstorm, can be going 30 or 40 miles per hour, sometimes it can be over 100 miles per hour," he said.
This is enough to cause what happened to Vega’s home.
"If you have a well-built house usually that's not the problem, but if you got a home that's not well built, sitting on blocks and is not tied down 30, 40, 50 mile per hour wind can cause problems," said Smith.
Vega said they just built their home last year, now she doesn't know what to do.
"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, that's all I can say," she said.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the American Red Cross. They’ll help the family find a place to live for the next couple of days.
There are ways people can help reinforce their home.
Hurricane ties costs less than $1 each at a local hardware store. They attach to wooden frames in homes and in some mobile homes.
These ties help keep a home a little more secure during strong winds.