Friday Severe Weather Recap

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The following is a recap of the severe weather reports received and relayed by the National Weather Service in Tallahassee from Friday March 7, 2008. Wind estimates are not available unless they are listed in the reports.

  • Trees and power lines were reported down across much of Franklin county at 6:30 am.
  • As many as 30 trees were reported down as a result of strong wind from a thunderstorm in Wakulla county approximately 5 miles southeast of Crawfordville at 7:05 am.
  • Pea-sized hail was reported on Park Avenue in Downtown Tallahassee at 7:15 am.
  • Furniture tossed by strong winds from a thunderstorm damaged cars outside a Starbucks in Southwood around 7:15 am.
  • Several power lines were down due to strong winds produced by a thunderstorm near Apalachee and Idlewild in the Southwood Plantation Community at 7:15 am.
  • In Capitola, just east of Tallahassee, several houses were damaged on White House Road and Capitola Road, and one person was injured. The damaged was caused by an EF-1 tornado with winds estimated near 105 mph. The tornado was sighted near Buck Lake road around 7:25 am.
  • Several trees were blown down by strong winds from a thunderstorm near Chaires Crossroads, and a traffic light was blown down on Baum Road around 7:30 am.
  • Also at 7:30 am, several houses were damaged and trees and power lines were downed along Turkey Roost Road in Chaires. The damage was likely caused by the tornado that also moved through Capitola.
  • At 7:45 am, two feet of water was reported on Franklin Boulevard in Tallahassee.
  • At 7:55 am, a tree fell across the railroad tracks in Greenville (Madison County).
  • A tree fell across a road in Madison, and a car accident occurred just south of Madison on I-10 at 8:06 am.
  • At around 8:30 am, an EF-2 tornado destroyed one house and damaged at least 15 others in Keaton Beach along the Taylor County coast. A survey team from the National Weather Service estimates winds near 120 mph.
  • At 9:10, a funnel cloud was reported in Mayo near Lafayette High School.
  • Trees and power lines were downed and a house was damaged from Lake Miccosukee northward to Lake Road. The damage path was 4 miles long and one-half mile wide.

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