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January 14, 2014

Saturday's storm knocked out power to thousands

Live Oak — Suwannee County

Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative reported power outages which affected 6,375 members in their distribution region as a result of severe weather that passed through Suwannee County Saturday afternoon. Of that number, 2,930 were Suwannee County consumers. 

“Trees were the main issue causing the power outages,” said Tom Tuckey, SVEC community relations manager. “Our crews worked as quickly as humanly possible to restore outages.”

Tuckey said the average time the power was out for their customers was an hour and a half. 

“By midnight, most of the power had been restored,” Tuckey said. “Calls that came in after midnight were mostly isolated individual calls and by lunch time Sunday, everyone had been restored.”

A tornado warning was issued Saturday afternoon but Sheriff Tony Cameron, who also serves as the director of emergency management, said there were no road blocks or major damages reported.

Lafayette County

From Lafayette Sheriff Brian Lamb:

On Jan. 11 a storm system passed over North Florida. The system crossed over Lafayette County around 3 P.M. The storm brought rains and some high winds that caused several limbs to fall across Lafayette County as well as 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. When the cable television pole broke it landed on a parked truck at the Apartments causing damage to the truck. The lines landed across several vehicles that were parked at the apartments and one was occupied with 3 adults and 3 small children. The lines were deemed to be free of electricity and moved so the occupants of the vehicle could exit the vehicle.Once the power lines were repaired the tree was removed from the roadway by the Town of Mayo. Another tree fell on SW Graceland Rd causing road blockage that a local resident moved to clear the road. On SW CR 534 another local resident used his equipment to move a tree out of the road.Another tree came down across SW Independence RD blocking the road and knocking down fences. The tree was removed by the Road Department. A power line was knocked down on 27 east near the Fourth District Community Center.

Hamilton County

According to officials, several trees were knocked over due to the storm in Hamilton County, but no major damage or injuries were reported. The storm left 679 without power for a short period of time. 

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