Tree lands on Havana home during Monday’s storm

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By Alice Du Pont

Patricia Proctor said she didn't know what to expect Monday afternoon when her daughter called to say a tree had fallen on their Cherokee Drive mobile home, about 4 miles south of Havana's city limits.

"When I got here the last thing I expected to see was this," she said pointing to a pine tree that sliced through the family room and a bedroom. The tree landed on her neighbor’s fence, partially destroying it also. Several of Proctor's neighbors had downed tree limbs in their yards.

Torrential rain accompanied by wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour pelted most of the county early Monday afternoon. Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service, some parts of thePanhandle, including Gadsden County, received as much as 5 inches of rain accompanied by severe thunder and lightning.

Proctor's cousin, Quinton Mike, 54, was home alone when the tree fell. She said he was sitting in the family room watching television. Mike was taken by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, mostly lacerations to his forehead from falling debris. He remained in the hospital overnight for observation.

As night fell, Proctor and her companion, Danian Davis, waited for the Red Cross to return their calls.

“Right now we just need help. We have contacted the insurance company but we need help in the meantime," she said.

Sheriff's deputies were kept busy Monday afternoon and at the height of the storm. Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office said that in addition to their regular calls, there were four traffic accidents, two power lines down and three downed trees, including the one at the Proctor home, a house fire on Shade Farm Road, and 20 alarms were answered.

"While all of that was going on, we recovered a car that had been stolen in Collier County in the Ochlockonee River, near Havana," Corder said.