UPDATED 4.28.2011 6:45pm by Julie Montanaro
Killearn Acres was particularly hard hit by the morning storms. One man was hospitalized after a tree fell on his car ... with him in it.
This tree toppled at the corner of Pimlico and Count Turf and it toppled right onto a moving car driven by Dennis Dawson.
"It busted all of the windows out of his car and dented it pretty well. He was in the car calling the police and ambulance to come and get him. He was okay, just scared to death," said neighbor David Gleason.
That wasn't the only close call in Killearn Acres.
The buzz of chain saws filled the air as stunned homeowners tried to clear downed trees.
"We had a hole in the roof, which I didn't think we did until I started clearing if off," David Fleck said as he cleared tree limbs from his son's roof.
"When you look around, certainly you're not alone."
"No, it's a mess here for sure," Fleck said.
That one left a hole in the roof and right next door, the bullseye was on this boat.
Utilty crews were in demand as live wires crossed driveways on Citation Trail and tree trimming trucks paraded by one after the other on Appollo Trail.
"My son called me and was screaming," Sally Santana- Uptergrafft said as she fought back tears. She hadn't been gone five minutes, when her 12 year old called screaming about trees falling and hitting the house.
"The three trees were completely down. I had just left the driveway where the trees landed and come right back and it's right there where I was five minutes ago," Santana-Uptergrafft said.
Everyone at that home is okay and at last check, Dennis Dawson - the man driving that now crushed car - was in good condition at Tallahassee Memorial.
Crews also spent a lot of time clearing trees near Centerville and Pisgah Church Roads this morning.
Late this afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed all that damage was caused by straight line winds ... and NOT by a tornado.
[LAST UPDATED 4/28 at 5:20 PM]
In Thomas County, people living on Merrillville Road say winds picked up early Thursday morning and shredded garbage cans, trees, and in a couple of cases, even car ports and sheds.
One resident Gladys Carr, says this is the second time she's lost power this month due to falling tree limbs.
Says Carr, "After we get this cleaned up, we may go to taking down trees. My sister-in-law across the road has a garage that's destroyed."
Thomas County's Emergency Management Agency says most extensive damage in the county happened in the Merrillville Road area.
Sheriffs' Offices in Grady and Decatur counties say the same storm caused a few isolated incidents, but nothing that required major clean-up.
[LAST UPDATED 4/28 at 5:15 PM]
Storm damage isn't just limited to the panhandle -- people in southwest Georgia had their share to clean up today as well.
An old, hollowed-out tree that fell on the Vashti Center in Bainbridge late Wednesday (4/27) afternoon was removed today.
People working next door to the Center say they heard a loud cracking sound and fled their building for safety when the tree started to come down.
The 3-foot by 7-foot gash the tree left is covered by a tarp.
The Center is temporarily closed.
No injuries were reported because of the incident.
UPDATED 4.28.2011 4:15pm by Julie Montanaro
The National Weather Service determined that damage done in Killearn Acres and on nearby Pisgah Church Road was caused by straight line winds, not a tornado.
UPDATED 4.28.2011 2:30pm by Julie Montanaro
Morning storms did lots of damage in Killearn Acres and sent one man to the hospital.
Dennis Dawson was taken to the hospital after a tree fell on his car. It happened at the corner of Pimlico and Count Turf.
Neighbors say Dawson was on his way to work and had just turned left at the stop sign when a tree fell on top of his Toyota Prius.
Neighbor David Gleason says it blew out all the car windows. He says when neighbors pulled away the branches, Dawson was on the phone himself calling 911. At last check Dawson was in good condition at Tallahassee Memorial.
Many homes were damaged by falling trees, including one on Appollo Trail and one on Kingman Trail.
The woman who lives on Kingman Trail says she had just left home to take her youngest child to school, when three trees fell on her driveway and house. Her 12 year old, who was still at home, called her screaming moments later. She says everyone is okay, but definitely shaken up.
Another home on Appollo Trail was seriously damaged and we spoke with a man on Citation Trail who discovered a hole in his roof as he removed a tree from his home. Right next door, a tree smashed a boat sitting in the driveway.
[UPDATE] 4-28 11:50am -
The storms hit hard in the Killearn Acres subdivision. Debris has fallen all over the roads in the area, and several homes have suffered storm-related damage. Trees are down on Citation, Count Turf, Needles, and Apollo roads in Killearn Acres.
One man was sent to the hospital. He was driving to work when a tree fell on his vehicle. He was taken to TMH where he was listed in good condition.
Stay with WCTV for more storm damage updates.
[UPDATE] 4-28 11:41:
Leon County Storm Response Update
Leon County Emergency Management, Leon County Sheriff's Office, and Leon County Public Works continue to respond to impacts from early morning severe storm activity. No official County road closures have been posted at this time.
There are some roads within Leon County that have downed trees, downed power lines, and debris remaining on road shoulders.
Drivers should use extreme caution and adhere to any official signage in these areas.
Residents should monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. The National Weather Service also warns that residents should not drive cars through flooded areas and that if they see flood waters to turn around and find another route.
[UPDATE] 4-28 11:30am -
Pictures of storm damage are attached above. Click on the "Photos" tab.
[UPDATE] 4-28 10:20am -
A severe thunderstorm and tornado warning was issued for areas near Leon County, but the warnings have expired.
Leon County reports "No County Road Closures" according to the emergency management site. They do remind citizens for all emergencies call 911.
For more information please contact Leon County Emergency Management at 488-5921
Storm damage from this morning at 7:45 on Merrillville Road in North Thomas County. Video courtesy of Wendell Carr.
[UPDATE] 4-28 9:25am -
A tornado warning has been issued for areas near Leon County. The warning is in effect until 9:45am.
[UPDATE] 4-28 8:58am -
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for areas near Leon County. The warning is in effect until 9:45am.
[UPDATE] 4-28 8:43am -
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for areas near Leon County. The warning is in effect until 9:30am.
[UPDATE] 4-28 7:50am -
A tornado warning has been issued for areas near Leon County. The warning is in effect until 8:30am.
[UPDATE] 4-28 7:50am -
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for areas near Leon County. The warning is in effect until 8:30am.
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[UPDATE] 4-28 7:25am -
The airport in Jackson County has suffered moderate damage from the storms, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
People in Gadsden County should monitor the weather situation closely. Listen for possible warnings and be prepared to take
appropriate action should severe weather threaten.
Penny size hail and winds around 50 mph are expected with these
These storms are capable of producing torrential downpours which may cause localized flooding of streets and low lying areas and are also producing frequent cloud to ground lightning. Move indoors
immediately! Lightning is one of natures number one killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Ongoing severe weather is expected to continue in parts of the southern U.S. Wednesday night (mainly Alabama into Tennessee), but the severe weather chances are much lower in our area by Thursday morning and afternoon.
PUBLIC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0458 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011
...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF THE GULF STATES
NORTHWARD THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND EASTWARD INTO THE APPALACHIANS
THROUGH LATE EVENING...
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A FEW STRONG LONG TRACK TORNADOES AND POTENTIALLY
WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS OVER PARTS OF THE GULF STATES NORTHWARD
THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND EASTWARD INTO THE APPALACHIANS THROUGH
THE AREAS MOST LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE THIS ACTIVITY INCLUDE
CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ALABAMA
A DANGEROUS SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK IS UNDERWAY ACROSS THE CENTRAL
GULF STATES INTO PORTIONS OF THE TENNESSEE AND LOWER OHIO VALLEY.
AS A STRONG WEATHER DISTURBANCE MOVES NORTHEASTWARD OUT OF THE OZARK
PLATEAU REGION TOWARD THE GREAT LAKES THIS EVENING...AN UNSTABLE AIR
MASS AND STRONG WIND FIELDS WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LONG LIVED
SUPERCELL STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG TORNADOES...AND
ORGANIZED STORM CLUSTERS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG DAMAGING WINDS.
THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST AFTER DARK THROUGH
AT LEAST LATE EVENING...SPREADING NORTHWARD TOWARD THE UPPER OHIO
VALLEY...AND EASTWARD INTO THE APPALACHIANS.
STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGERS ARE MONITORING THIS POTENTIALLY
VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THOSE IN THE THREATENED AREA ARE URGED TO
REVIEW SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY RULES AND TO LISTEN TO
RADIO...TELEVISION...AND NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR POSSIBLE
WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND STATEMENTS LATER TODAY.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
531 AM EDT WED APR 27 2011
531 AM EDT WED APR 27 2011 /431 AM CDT WED APR 27 2011/
...SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING...
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST ALABAMA...
SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL GEORGIA...THE FLORIDA BIG BEND AND
PANHANDLE...AND THE ADJACENT GULF COASTAL WATERS.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...
WINDY CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP LATER THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO
THIS EVENING. A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT. THESE STRONG ONSHORE
WINDS WILL GENERATE SUFFICIENT SURF TO CAUSE A HIGH RISK FOR RIP
CURRENTS. WINDS AND SEAS WILL INCREASE TO SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY
LEVELS TODAY AND REMAIN ELEVATED THROUGH TONIGHT.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE REGION TONIGHT
INTO THURSDAY. THE STORMS WILL INITIALLY BE SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF
PRODUCING TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL OR DAMAGING WINDS. THE STORMS
WILL REACH OUR SOUTHEAST ALABAMA ZONES LATE THIS EVENING AND THEN
GRADUALLY EVOLVE INTO A SQUALL LINE AS THEY CROSS THE FORECAST
AREA OVERNIGHT. AS THIS HAPPENS...THE THREAT WILL TRANSITION
PRIMARILY TO DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. ANYONE THAT RECALLS
THE RECENT APRIL FIFTH SQUALL LINE KNOWS THAT STRAIGHT LINE WINDS
CAN ALSO BE QUITE DESTRUCTIVE. THE SEVERE STORMS WILL IMPACT MOST
OF THE FORECAST AREA BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND SUNRISE. HOWEVER...THE
THREAT WILL NOT BE OVER ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL GEORGIA AND THE
FLORIDA BIG BEND UNTIL AT LEAST MIDDAY THURSDAY.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...
ONCE THE SEVERE STORMS HAVE MOVED EAST ON THURSDAY...CONDITIONS
WILL BE FAIR INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK WITH COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURES
RETURNING. WINDS WILL KICK UP TO EXERCISE CAUTION LEVELS ACROSS
THE GULF COASTAL WATERS EACH NIGHT THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND THEN
SUBSIDE EACH AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
SPOTTER AND HAM ACTIVATION IS REQUESTED FOR TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET AT WEATHER.GOV...THEN CLICK ON YOUR AREA
OF INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL MAP.