NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The dark clouds rolled into Norfolk Thursday and brought with them some strong winds. The winds toppled a home that was being built in Ocean View.
"We heard the guts and then we heard a big bang," said Norfolk's Joann Hernandez.
Hernandez did know what that noise was.
"It was like a loud crack of thunder," she added.
Hernandez knew the noise wasn't the winds.
"My kids then said 'mommy the house fell down'," Hernandez added.
The home under construction across from her 16th Bay Street house had blown over.
"I looked out the window and it was already down," said neighbor Adam Hoffer. "The first thing I thought was that there was still someone inside."
That's because just minutes before the storm blew though, three construction workers were on roof.
"Everyone was outside, thank God," Hernandez added.
The contractor told WAVY.com crews starting building the home two weeks ago. The frame was at its most vulnerable point. Friday, the plan was to add walls which would have added stability.
"I was like oh my God, because almost the whole house was already up and it just came down," Hernandez added.
The contractor said this is a set back, but he plans to rebuild.
For neighbors, it was another reminder of mother nature's force. A reminder how live can crumble in an instant.
"I'm just glad nobody got hurt," Hernandez said.
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