Partial roof collapse blamed on morning storms

- Heavy rains and winds are being blamed for a roof collapse at a home in unincorporated Pinellas County.

The weight of the rain forced the roof of a sunroom to buckle at a home on Russell Dr. North near St. Petersburg.

Arline Stephenson, the homeowner, said she slept through the collapse, but woke up to neighbors checking on her.

"My neighbors came running over this morning about 8:00 a.m. and said, 'your roof collapsed,'" said Stephenson.

Stephenson said her insurance company sent out an adjuster Wednesday morning. The main portion of the home remained unaffected.

Stephenson did lose some furniture, personal items and carpets.

"There's one antique chest, and there were chairs out there and a table where my friends and I played a lot of bridge," said Stephenson.

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