Ocala Fire and Rescue are reporting that a 20-year old man was killed when a nearby tree fell on his car Monday afternoon during a severe thunderstorm. Winds at the time were close to 60mph, according to doppler radar estimates. The storms in Marion County were part of a larger complex of cells that also produced wind damage and hail in other parts of North-Central Florida. The following list is what has been relayed to WRUF Weather as of 9pm Monday evening:
- 3:30pm – penny size hail reported in Fort McCoy (Marion County)
- 4:00pm - the sheriffs office received reports of numerous trees down in the Ocala area (Marion County)
- 4:05pm – a tree fell on two cars kiling a man in one of the cars near Ocala
- 5:00pm – 0.5 to 0.75 inch diameter hail reported near Wacahoota (Alachua County)
- 6:55pm – trees and power lines blocking state route 100 at SE 81st street in Theressa (Bradford County)
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Monday’s storms were also very slow-moving and dumped significant amounts of rain in a short amount of time. 2.90″ was reported at the Ocala Water Treatment Plant in just two hours. Captured at 7pm on Monday, Gator Doppler had estimated that close to five inches of rain might have fallen in southern parts of Alachua County.