Thunderstorms tear through South Florida, man hospitalized after possible electrocution

DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Thunderstorms moved through South Florida throughout the day on Monday, landing one man in the hospital.

Rain collected on busy roads and on top of a Davie roof, caving it in.

Tyler Katz said his dad was clearing the gutters just before it happened.

“As soon as he cleared the gutters and the water started rushing down, the entire roof collapsed in,” he said. “It was just a creek and a bang and then the flush of water. We had a couple of pieces of furniture literally wash to the other side of the patio.”

The weight of the water was too heavy, splitting the roof in half, and pouring water all over the patio.

Luckily, Katz’s dad wasn’t standing under it at the time.

Katz said, “Thankfully, the roof hadn’t caved in a little earlier when he was walking through to retrieve the ladder, or things could have been much worse. He wasn’t harmed or injured, just more of a shock.”

Katz’s family said they hope insurance will cover the damage caused by the caved-in roof.

But for another family who lives in Miami-Dade, they’re praying for good news.

Iveth Franco’s husband was hospitalized after a possible lightning strike.

Franco said, “I’m just hoping that he’s going to be OK.”

Franco said all she heard was a loud noise.

“We heard a big boom, and when we ran outside, he was on the ground unconscious, bleeding out of his head,” she said.

Her husband was taken to the hospital after he may have been electrocuted while fixing a leak on their roof.

Franco said, “I told him not to go up there, and he went anyway.”

She said her husband has a broken leg and a broken wrist from the incident.

Over in Hollywood, the ceiling of a home on Fletcher Street and Southwest 52nd Avenue collapsed.

The ceiling fan came crashing down, leaving a boy’s room crowded with broken plaster and insulation.

The fan ended up striking a 5-year-old boy and his uncle.

The boy was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution. The boy’s uncle was left with minor injuries and did not need medical attention.

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