Some who fled Irma in Florida get hit by storm in WNC

Residents continue to clean up after powerful winds from Irma whipped through the mountains. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Residents continue to clean up after powerful winds from Irma whipped through the mountains.

The storm caused a large oak tree to fall on Erich Hubner’s West Asheville home late Monday night. Fortunately, it didn’t cause any holes in the roof. Several branches were resting on power lines, making for difficult cleanup.

“It was sort of like an earthquake, and then the house shook a little bit. My partner Kara was with me, and she was like, ‘that was that tree,’” said Hubner.

Hubner said he planned to remove the tree, which was rotten, however, he was worried it would it would fall on the house. He feels very fortunate after seeing the damage in Florida.

“We still have power, we still have water. My dad, who’s 77, is in Jacksonville and hasn’t had power for three days,” said Hubner. “It’s funny because Kara’s cousins are up here, and all their houses are fine. They came up here to evacuate and then a tree falls on this house.”

Some 21 trees fell at Camp Cedar Cliff, as well, damaging the fence surrounding the pool, tennis court and some of the cabins being used to house evacuees from Florida. More than 200 residents stayed at the camp to avoid Irma’s path.

Some of them volunteered to help clean up the damage.

“A lot of the evacuees themselves are antsy to get home and start cleaning up their destruction. I think when they see this, they want to help out, but there's a lot to do,” camp director and CEO Tim Brady said.

The camp is looking for volunteers to help clean cabins and chop limbs. The camp is also accepting donations to help offset the costs for housing evacuees. If you’d like to help, head to the front gate at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesday or Friday or visit the camp's website.

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