Giant Oak Falls on Governor’s Mansion with DeSantis Family Inside

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you likely know that a hurricane has made landfall in Florida. And apparently, the governor’s mansion took a brutal hit – all while the family was inside.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ wife, Casey, announced that a 100-year-old oak tree fell on part of the home during the recent passing storms of Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall as a category three storm on Wednesday morning.

The home, located in the state capitol of Tallahassee, is some 90 miles from Keaton Beach in the Big Bend area of the state where the storm hit first. However, as you know, natural disasters like Idalia move rather quickly, affecting large areas of land in short amounts of time. Added to this was the age of the tree in question, which stood not too far from the house.

According to Casey’s X account post, which included images, the tree appears to have pretty much split in half. Mrs. DeSantis also noted that “Mason, Madison, Mamie, and I were home at the time, but thankfully no one was injured.”

Ron DeSantis was not at home during the storm. However, he has been notified of the event and damages incurred to his house.

Casey also said, “Our prayers are with everyone impacted by the storm.”

According to the home’s official website, it was originally constructed in 1907. But the house had become structurally unsound by 1955, 11 administrations, and almost 50 years later. So in 1956, it was rebuilt, with the first Florida First Family taking up residence in it in 1957.

Since then, it has served as both a private home and a historical venue for official state and business events.