Menacing Winds Rip Roofs Off Homes

Peter Mohoe
Peter Mohoe

KANEOHE (KHNL) -- Several families on Oahu are scrambling to find a place to stay. The American Red Cross reports that destructive winds tore off the roofs of at least a dozen homes on the Windward side.

One father shares the frightening ordeal he and his wife endured with their six kids.

As Peter Mohoe walks through what's left of his home in Kaneohe, he re-lives the nightmare his family endured overnight.

"All my kids started crying and that was it. I was trying to get all my kids out of the way," said Mohoe.

Menacing winds ripped large chunks of his roof off the family home, forcing them to spend the night huddling in a room, exposed to heavy rains, hoping the rest of the rooftop wouldn't cave in on them.

"I just heard {the roof} cracking, then next thing I knew, I just seen the wind just lift them and it was in the air, went in the back," he said.

Luckily, the family survived the storm without getting hurt, although Peter said there was a close call.

"Right where I was lying down, the roof just went, the wood just came down right where I was lying down," said Mohoe.

The Mohoe's lost much of their belongings to water damage, and with no roof over their head, the family is left trying to pick up the pieces of their broken home.

The American Red Cross has stepped in to help the Mohoe's, but staff members say they can only offer emergency shelter for a maximum of three days.