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Posted: Apr 7, 2014 5:59 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Straight Line Winds... Water Oaks

Our "Midnight Storms" caused an extensive amount of damage, especially in the Florida Blvd.-Sherwood Forest area. Large water oaks that have shallow root systems were brought down by straight-line winds. The tragic consequences of storm damage were especially evident on Nassau and Little John Avenues. Fortunately, there were no injuries. As weather broadcasters we constantly encourage viewers to prepare and stay alert, especially when a Tornado Watch and Storm Warnings are issued, as was the case Sunday evening. Residents Steve Decell and Chad Horton listened for the "sounds" of the storm and acted. Steve heard the hail, and sought a place of safety. Chad quickly gathered his boys, put them in the bathtub and covered them with a mattress.

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