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  • Miami Fla--Storms Wreak Havoc

    Miami Herald

    spawn wrecks; ficus slams house
    BY WANDA J. DeMARZO
    [email protected]


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    BIG TREE, LITTLE HOUSE: A rain-soaked ficus tree crashed into Ruby and Bill Adcock's home in Dania Beach during a Friday afternoon downpour. LILLY ECHEVERRIA/HERALD STAFF


    More bad weather marred the start of Broward County's Memorial Day weekend Friday, causing a fatal accident in Pompano Beach and sending a giant ficus tree crashing into the roof of a Dania Beach home.

    A torrential downpour soaked the ficus in front of Ruby and Bill Adcock's home.

    ''It was a big, big tree and a little, little house,'' Dania Beach Fire Chief Mike Cassano said.

    Ruby Adcock, 85, said she and her husband and their 2 ½-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, Rambo, were sitting on a couch watching a cable news station shortly before 2 p.m.

    She went into the kitchen to wait for the rain to let up because they wanted to go the grocery store.

    She heard the wind howling and the rain drumming on the roof, then a loud, crackling, groaning sound.

    The tree crashed into the front of the Adcocks' home, covering the front entrance, the couple's motor home and their Dodge Caravan.

    ''I knew right away it was the tree,'' Adcock said. ``We've lived here 38 years, and that tree was here when we moved in. It just got too water-soaked.''

    Plaster fell from the ceiling, and seconds later holes appeared in the living and dining room.

    Leafy ficus branches stretched through the holes. Water dripped through the light fixtures.

    The only exit from the house was a side door. Rescue workers cut a portion of the fence in the back so the Adcocks would have an exit.

    Bill Adcock, 81, said he and his wife plan to spend the night in a back room left unscathed by the stormy weather.

    The noise startled Rambo, who sprinted into the kitchen and cowered between Adcock's legs.

    Other parts of Broward County didn't fare much better in the storm.

    For several hours Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued an alert for flood warnings in low-lying areas.

    A 34-year-old man was thrown off his motorcycle and killed early Friday after attempting to turn off Cypress Creek Road onto southbound Interstate 95.

    Vincent Corteselli was riding a 2002 Harley-Davidson on the wet road at 6 a.m. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered massive head trauma, Oakland Park Fire Chief Jim Henson said.

    Corteselli was taken to North Broward Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    Wet roads were to blame in a minor school bus accident in Plantation, one of many weather-related traffic accidents.

    Sgt. Al Stanco of the Plantation Police Department said that about 5 p.m., a small purple Geo coming out of Fourth Court onto Nob Hill Road crossed the median.

    At the same time, a school bus with six elementary school children was traveling north.

    ''Basically, the lady cut the bus off,'' Stanco said.

    ``To avoid hitting the car, the bus lost control and pinned her against a tree.''

    The driver, in her 40s, and an 11-year-old girl who complained of neck pains were transported Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation.

    The rain was a constant for most of Friday.

    ''It was a line of showers, one just following the next,'' said Eric Christensen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. ``It was like tin soldiers in a row, one right after the next.''

    A Pompano Beach firefighter spotted a funnel cloud about 9:30 a.m. hovering over a golf course, but it never touched the ground.

    The storms are expected to taper off this afternoon, Christensen said.

    ''But this is the rainy season, and scattered showers should be expected during the afternoon,'' he said.

    Christensen offered some words of advice for Memorial Day:

    Plan to celebrate the holiday early.

    Herald staff writer Jasmine Kripalani contributed to this report.
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
    "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
    BMI Investigator
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    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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