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Madison County waiting for confirmation of 2 tornadoes

Posted at 11:20 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:21:45-04

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Traffic is moving again on I-10 in Madison County after strong winds toppled trees near the Greenville Exit.

Witnesses say a tornado cut through the area around four p.m. on Tuesday.

Madison County is quiet after two apparent tornadoes swept through the area, causing damage to local businesses.

One neighbor says it was quick and quite scary.

“The lights, everything went off," Nyshanti Adams said. "It just happened really fast.”

Nyshanti Adams lives in Madison County, and was home during the violent storm.

”We just heard some noise come by very fast, and it just shook the whole house,” Adams said.

According to Madison County Emergency Management that noise was the sound of a tornado.

That storm left behind damage along I-10 and another destroyed chicken coops in Suwannee County.

“We actually had two tornadoes affect our county," said Leigh Basford, director of Emergency Management. "The initial warning came in roughly about 4:10, the second one at 4:16 p.m."

The National Weather Service has yet to confirm if tornadoes did touch down there.

Regardless, there's plenty of damage to clean up.

“We’ve had reports of trees and limbs on roofs," Basford said. "We’ve had several of our local businesses affected. Right now, thankfully, we’ve had no injuries to report.”

After living through it Nyshanti wants everyone to take warnings seriously.

”Be more cautious, because it can happen,” said Adams.

Emergency Management has already begun assessing damages.

They ask that those with significant damage call the emergency operations center.

The National Weather Service is scheduled to be in Madison and Jefferson Counties on Wednesday to check out the damage and let us know if tornadoes actually touched down.