Video Captures Trees Falling Near Cat Rescue During Storm, Two Cats Still Missing
SPRING HILL – Last night, several homes and vehicles were damaged as a line of strong thunderstorms moved across Hernando County. The majority of damaged was contained to a few residences along Alloway Ave but one viewer says the storm nearly destroyed a cat rescue located off Spring Time Street.
According to Tracie Steger who operates PAW Warriors Cat Rescue, strong winds associated with the storm caused several trees to fall near the enclosure that houses over 100 cats.
Steger provided RNRF with terrifying video of the incident that some say may have been a small tornado or powerful straight-line winds, which can reach up to 80 mph. Steger’s video clearly shows at least two large trees collapsing when a strong burst moved through.
Volunteer Nicole Lobdell says damage to the enclosure allowed several cats to escape but most have returned and are okay, however, two remain missing. Lobdell says a lot of the items the cats use, like tents, hammocks, umbrellas and tarps were all damaged and need to be replaced.Steger says the event was terrifying and that “knowing all the cats were scrambling out was the worst.” The roof fencing and coyote rollers need to be mended as soon as possible, says Steger, but several volunteers have already stepped forward to help with the cleanup.
Over the past 6-years PAW Warriors has spayed and neutered 3,400 cats, says Steger, and that the only help they get is through private donations and a few small grants.
“There were a lot of racked nerves and few wet kitties but all in all we were very lucky to escape harm and more severe Damage,” says Steger.
If you would like to help PAW Warriors you can contact them on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/PAWwarriors/
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