Storm wreaks havoc in Dade City - FOX 13 News

Storm wreaks havoc in Dade City

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Several downed trees near Dade City damaged power lines during Sunday afternoon's storm. Several downed trees near Dade City damaged power lines during Sunday afternoon's storm.
DADE CITY (FOX 13) -

When the rain and wind came through Dade City Sunday it really packed a punch.

The swift moving storm left a good amount of debris in its wake.

"I was like oh my goodness," explained Debbie Williams, a Dade City resident.

Trees and power lines were damaged all over the Pasco County city due in large part to a severe thunderstorm that swept through the area during the late afternoon.

The storm's power was very much on display on Lake Iola Rd. Winds uprooted a large tree, spreading it across the roadway in the process.

The downed tree not only blocked the road it caused a power outage for nearby residents.

"It's a good thing for those emergency hurricane candles," Williams added. "We had just went grocery shopping.  We got about $200 worth of groceries need to be put up and we can't do anything."

Meteorologists say a squall line of severe thunderstorms marched through Citrus, Hernando, Sumter and Pasco Counties between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Winds gusted up to 60 miles per hour; some of those left a utility pole on River Road in Dade City hanging on for life.

A CSX train going through Pasco County was delayed because the power lines hung too low after the pole was damaged.

Lillian Hives was in her car when the heavy winds came through."I was in the middle of it," Hives said. "I was in my car parked right here I couldn't get in the house [fast enough]."

In her rearview mirror she says she saw a transformer explode.

"I saw a blue light, like electricity was in the air," Hives said.

There were plenty of power outages as a result of the storm.

Tampa Electric reported nearly 1,400 customers were without electricity after the storm while Withlacoochee River Electric had crews out restoring power all over the city.

Luckily, no one was hurt during Sunday afternoon's inclement weather.

 

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