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Severe weather impacts Tallahassee area

Posted at 6:19 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 06:19:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Winds gusted between 40 and 55 miles per hour across the area on Thursday.

In Brittany Estates just off of Capital Circle ABC 27 found a tree resting on a mobile home.

Abc 27's Kristian Thomas spoke with people across the Capital City right after the storms.

Those winds shook people from west to east right in the middle of rush hour.

"We were on the H bus coming back from Lowes," Sam Hadley.

Hadley rides StarMetro in Tallahassee every day.

Thursday, things were a little rockier than normal.

"It was rocking the bus left and right and the bus driver really got us in here safe."

All thanks to policies the city has in place for severe weather.

The City of Tallahassee was on standby to curb StarMetro buses if sustained wind exceeded 35 miles per hour.

From city streets to the interstate, the gusts before the storms stirred up lots of dust.

Shutting down parts of I-10 leaving traffic at a stand still in Madison County.

Chuck Howles got caught in the mess.

" It's really gusty. We just blew into town, and I mean we really just blew into town. We were on our way to Destin and we were flagged off by state police and we were in a long line for quite a while. We thought it was a fire and it was dust," said Howles.

Florida highway patrol shut down the interstate for several hours.

" It's reduced visibility really low to almost no visibility," said Lt. James Shaw with Florida Highway Patrol.

That closure left people to take different routes home.

Thankfully for Hadley, that trip had a happy ending despite the danger.

"I'm just happy to be here."

ABC 27 spoke to a neighbor who says a family of four lives here.

He says the fallen tree has been dead for a while making it even more dangerous with bad weather like Thursday.

I-10 opened back up on Thursday so people were able to resume their normal routes.