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January 16, 2014

Saturday storm downs trees, power lines-No injuries reported in Lafayette County

Mayo — A violent storm system passed through the North Florida region on Saturday, Jan. 11, bringing with it severe thunderstorm warnings and even tornado warnings for Suwannee and Hamilton counties.

The system crossed over Lafayette County around 3 p.m., according to Lafayette County Sheriff Brian Lamb, bringing rains and high winds that caused several tree limbs to fall across the county, as well as downing some trees.

“On SW Malone St. at the Lafayette Apartments, a large tree fell across the road taking down power lines and breaking a cable television pole,” said Lamb. “When the cable television pole broke, it landed on a parked truck at the apartments causing damage to the truck.”

Lamb said the lines landed across several vehicles that were parked at the apartments. One vehicle was occupied with three adults and three small children, he said.

“The lines were deemed to be free of electricity and moved, so the occupants could exit the vehicle,” Lamb said.

As soon as the power lines were repaired, the tree was removed from the roadway by the town of Mayo.

Another tree, Lamb said, fell on SW Graceland Rd. causing road blockage that a local resident was able to move, in order to clear the roadway. On SW CR 534 another local resident used his equipment to move a tree out of the road.

Yet another tree came down across SW Independence Rd. blocking the roadway and knocking down fences, Lamb continued. The tree was removed by the road department.

Additionally, a power line was knocked down on U.S. 27 East near the Fourth District Community Center. Tom Tuckey from Suwannee Valley Electric estimated 1,135 customers were without power from Saturday’s storm in Lafayette County.

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