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Strong Storms Level Trees in Some Communities

storm reports (02/15/2016)
Posted at 12:21 AM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 06:26:09-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Gusty winds accompanied Monday night storms in the Big Bend region, causing spotty instances of damage to trees and assorted tall timbers.

A number of storm damage reports trickled in late Monday night following the squall of heavy rain and strong winds produced by a potent low-pressure disturbance and an attached cold front.

The highest wind gust was reported at the FSU Coastal Marine Laboratory, which was 81 mph. The hefty winds caused several reports of wind damage related to felled trees.  One such example occurred along State Road 65 in southern Liberty County, which blocked the thoroughfare.

Two separate reports of downed trees near Carrabelle reportedly struck a home and a carport, according to the emergency management report received by the National Weather Service.

Public reports of downed trees were also noted near Crawfordville in Wakulla County.

Early-morning thunderstorms along I-75 and the Suwannee River may produce a few stronger gusts, but the overall severe weather risk is waning.  Nonetheless, a Tornado Watch remains in effect for some eastern Big Bend and state-line south Georgia counties until 1:00 a.m.