Storm System Downs Trees, Power Lines Around Florida

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 15:00:00-05

MIAMI (AP) - The storm system that caused destruction across the Southeast also downed trees and power lines around Florida.

In a statement , Tallahassee officials said electricity had been restored to over 23,000 customers by early Monday.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum told The Tallahassee Democrat that state officials quickly coordinated with local authorities to clear road debris. Forecasters said the storms hadn't caused as much damage as Hurricane Hermine in September.

Palm Beach County officials closed two schools Monday because storms had bent fences and scattered bleachers and other sports equipment into nearby streets.

Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge said a funnel cloud was spotted Sunday evening near Daytona International Speedway, but there were no reports of tornadoes touching down.

Minor flooding was reported across Florida's Panhandle.