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Sinkhole swallows two homes in Land O' Lakes Florida, keeps growing

15 July 2017, 12:43 | Kara Nash

Sinkhole swallows 2 homes, boat in Florida

Sinkhole in Pasco County swallowing houses; began as pool-sized hole

Tobin says surrounding homes are being evacuated and that emergency management officials are at the scene.

Whited said the residents were not there at the time but firefighters rescued two dogs from the home on Ocean Pines Drive.

This is a breaking news story.

Geologists at the University of Florida have defined a sinkhole as typically being a natural depression or hole in the Earth's surface caused when rock, often limestone in Florida, is dissolved over time. A secondary structure is now impacted as the hole continues to grow. Within minutes, he said, "the hole opened up" and the boat fell in.

An expanding sinkhole in a suburb just north of Tampa has swallowed a boat, a home and partially swallowed another home.

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The firefighters went to the home but no one was there, the residents had already left to go to work.

Dramatic video shows the home collapsing into the hole.

"We're expecting it to grow", said Guthrie.

Local electric utility company Duke Energy were working to get the power cut in the area. "But again, Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", he said. Two sisters renting that home with four other family members said they had left the house early Friday and returned to see their neighbor's home falling into the sinkhole.

Evacuations continued and increased to ten homes.



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