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Spring Storms Cause Wind Damage in Florida Georgia

By On March 27, 2013 Under Uncategorized

People living in Central Florida and northern Georgia were dealing with strong winds that accompanied a line of severe thunderstorms that moved into the area over the weekend. In addition to driving rainfall and quarter-sized hail, winds gusted as high as 86 miles per hour were recorded in some areas, causing widespread damage.

A complex storm system sparked severe thunderstorms Palm Sunday weekend across central Florida including Orlando and Tampa. There were close to 100 reports of damaging wind and hail this weekend from the Dallas, Texas area to Jacksonville, Florida. There was a report received mid-afternoon Sunday of winds gusting to 86 miles per hour at the Orlando International Airport when a violent thunderstorm and possible tornado ripped through the area. There were numerous reports pouring in of downed trees and power lines coming from residents of Florida’s mid-section. There were even reports of 100+ year old cypress trees being downed by the strong winds.

The storms dumped nearly 2 inches of rain on central Florida, causing small ponds to form in open fields and on private property. In Dade City, FL, the severe weather knocked down several large trees at the Wild Things animal park, damaging some cages. Companies that provide restoration services were fielding hundreds of calls to assist property owners with roof tarps and emergency repairs. The zoo was forced to close as a result as work crews were brought in to repair damages done to fencing and cage enclosures.

Rain, hail and heavy winds also slammed parts of Georgia over the weekend, resulting in widespread damage which included downed trees & power lines and isolated incidents of flooding. Winds in excess of 40 miles per hour blew across much of Georgia Sunday resulting in numerous downed limbs and trees that fell on roadways, cars and homes. The National Weather Service had a wind advisory in effect for much of Georgia Sunday ahead of the storm that marched into the region.

There were numerous reports of storm damage across the Atlanta, GA area Sunday. A traffic light at a major Atlanta intersection came crashing to the ground as a result of the high winds. The weekend’s downpours soaked the ground across metropolitan Atlanta and were blamed for a large tree that crashed into an apartment complex in Midtown.

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