The tornado that blew out windows, ripped off roof tiles and severely damaged two local high schools also did a number on a Palm Beach Garden’s community’s clubhouse and common areas.
Homes in the Isle Verde subdivision of the Mirabella at Mirasol community appeared to suffer the worst damage. Slightly to the south, the clubhouse, tennis courts and pool also bore wind and water damage.
“We had leaves and water in here,” Mirabella HOA President John Guastella said of the clubhouse, which was closed and drying out after a window broke in the early morning storm.
He said he hadn’t gone to bed yet when he got a call about 2 a.m. from the front gate about extensive damage in the community. He called the property manager, and she came in, too. They were still surveying the damage and overseeing its cleanup late Monday morning.
Tennis court nets and fencing were torn apart. A trampoline ended up in a tree. One end of the pool was filled with tree limbs, and the latch of the gate around it was broken.
Guastella said it was too soon to estimate the damages Monday morning or say when they might be fixed, although he hoped to have all the landscape debris cleared by the end of the day.
The HOA tries to prepare for natural disasters knowing it’s “an eventuality” living in Florida, he said. The tornado was much worse than Hurricane Matthew in October, which resulted in relatively no damage, he said.
“It just came through here like a freight train,” Guastella said.