A strong late season cold front is moving through North Florida on Thursday. A flash flood warning was in effect for Dixie and Lafayette counties after receiving heavy rainfall overnight and showers once again in the morning hours. Heavy rain will continue to fall through the early evening hours, so rainfall accumulations will continue to increase. This is a snap shot of rainfall estimates from Thursday at noon.
This system has triggered reports of storm damage as early as 8AM on Thursday in several counties. These are reports passed along from the National Weather Service:
- In St. Augustine, report of wind gust of 41 mph.
- An NWS Employee reports a Tornado at 9:18am in Wellborn with significant wind damage done to a barn and minor damage to home on the same property. Many large trees have been uprooted.
- Lightning strike resulted in a boat catching on fire with significant damage reported.
- Wind damage resulted in a downed tree at northwest 8th avenue and 10th street.
- GRU reports storms caused power outages in around 2,100 homes on the west side of Gainesville.
- In Gainesville there was an observation of 2.36 inches of rain in one hour.
- In La Crosse there was an observation of 2.60 inches of rain in one hour.
- Wind damage from a thunderstorm knocked down a tree on county road 341 just south of county road 340 near the city of Bell.
- In Cross City 6.00 of rain fell over one lane of Highway 19.
- Heavy rain flooded and closed the intersection of county road 49 and 114th terrace.
- In downtown Live Oak localized street flooding caused areas to be barricaded.
- In Obrien, water crossed the roadway and caused a large hole to begin to form in the middle of the road.
- In Branford several roads were closed due to flooding
- At the Ivey Memorial Park there was water reported at picnic table level.
- In Live Oak heavy rain fell with a of 4 inches in 24 hours.
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