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Destructive hail and damaging wind roared through parts of North-Central Florida Saturday, leaving many residents picking up pieces of sheet metal, covering broken windows, and filing insurance claims for their vehicles. Nearly all of Saturday’s damage occurred in Columbia, Bradford, Union, and Clay counties.
Bradford County in particular was hit the hardest, with many reports of wind damage and baseball-sized hail in Lawtey. Mobile homes in the area sustained structural damage by what some residents thought was a funnel cloud or tornado. WRUF has received no confirmation of any tornado activity as of late Saturday evening. Another town badly hit was Palatka, in Putnam County, where the wind reportedly knocked down trees and damaged many homes. Another strong cell hit Saint Augustine and dropped half dollar-sized hail on the beach.
Latest Storm Damage Reports from Saturday as they came in:
7:14 PM: Several properties were damaged along County Road 123 and County Road 225-A just west of Lawtey. One residence was damaged when lemon-sized hail punched holes in a mobile home and smashed windows.
6:08 PM: At 3:51 PM there was reported thunderstorm damage that damaged eight homes near the West River Road and Mink Road intersection causing roof damage, downed trees and downed power lines in Palatka, Putnam County.
5:41 PM: Tree down and powerlines blocking road roadway on County road 125 and NW 63rd Ave in Raiford, Bradford County.
5:33 PM: Report of a Barn damaged in rural Bradford county, as well as vehicle damage. Possible funnel cloud sighted.
3:15 PM: 10 minute hail storm in St. Augustine put holes through a pool screen
3:05 PM: Hail half an inch in size reported in St. Augustine shores
3:02 PM: Quarter sized hail (1.00 in) reported in Bakersville
3:00 PM: Quarter sized hail reported near St. Augustine Pier
2:50 PM: Hail half dollar sized reported in St. Augustine Beach
2:15 PM: Quarter sized hail (1.00 in) reported in St. Augustine
2:00 PM: Quarter sized hail (1.00 in) reported near Camp Blanding
1:50 PM: Baseball sized hail (2.75 in) in Lawtey near State Road 225 in Bradford County
1:40 PM: Thunderstorm wind damage with reports of trees down in Bradford County blocking the roadways near 121 West and State Road 16.
1:08 PM: Thunderstorm wind damage with reports of trees down along Margaret Drive in Lake City