ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A local family is safe after high winds brought down a massive tree just feet from their home.
"We all kind of woke up startled and came out to the front yard and seen that the whole entire tree came over," said Thomas Curcio.
Curcio never thought he'd see the massive tree tackled by mother nature. "My oldest son was sleeping in that bedroom right there and he thought just a couple of branches had just hit the roof."
But his son woke up to much more than a few fallen limbs. Neighbors tell Action News, they heard the impact too.
"Kind of like metal to metal sound, it was really weird. It didn't sound like a tree breaking at all," Mike Galbraith.
Powerful winds and intense rain can uproot even the most sturdy trees.
Deputies closed International Golf Parkway for two hours Friday morning after a driver rammed into an uprooted tree in the road.
Winds clocking in at 25 to 45 miles-per-hour are expected through Saturday morning which, given the Curcio's close call, is enough to send their son into the living room with a sleeping bag.
"As a father, I was nervous if that it did hit the house, that would have hurt him."
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