January 18, 2011

Funnel Cloud, Damage Reported from Recent Storms

A round of strong thunderstorms produced wind damage and even spawned a funnel cloud as they plowed across the Sunshine state on Monday.

An observer near Port St. John, Fla., a town about 10 miles northwest of Cape Canaveral, observed a funnel cloud with a debris cloud.

Other thunderstorms caused wind damage along the west coast of Florida and in the Keys.

Wind gusts estimated at 60 mph blew cars off a road near Bradenton, Fla., while numerous power lines were downed across the Keys.

The silver lining to the destructive storms was the beneficial rain it delivered to the parched state.

Many locations measured an inch or two of beneficial rain, with Homestead Air Force Base near Miami recording 3.47 inches.

With the storms now offshore, a return to dry weather is expected for at least the next several days across much of the state.

By Bill Deger, Meteorologist - Accuweather.com

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