While Central Floridians are use to rough weather during the summer months, a powerful storm came early for this area of the country, packing a mean punch. Destroying property by means of powerful hail, lightning strikes and violent winds, this spring storm caused a lot of damage to Central Florida—all before May.
Some of the damages that occurred included:
- Trees fell on homes
- Rooftops suffered hail damage
- Lawn furniture and outside items tossed
- Mudslide gushed into a duplex
- Fences damaged
The rainfall this region received in April has exceeded meteorological averages. This particular April storm added to the rainfall totals with its sheets of rain. As the storm hammered Central Florida with rain, wind and hail, it was responsible for all sorts of damage. It sent a tree crashing down onto a home in Winter Park, a wall of mud into a Clermont duplex off State Road 50, and hail pelting rooftops across Orange County, Florida, from Zellwood to Orlando City. Additionally, the strong storm, with winds around 50 miles per hour, brought down power lines, twisted pool enclosures, tossed lawn furniture, and damaged wooden fences. Now, many people are left to file residential insurance claims to recover their losses.
This thunderstorm serves as a good reminder that summer is coming and hurricane season begins June 1, 2013. Weather changes constantly in this region, and tropical storms are expected very soon. Unfortunately, meteorologists indicate that they believe this summer to be a highly active hurricane season. Weather patterns could possibly generate as many as nine hurricanes, with four having the potential to be major hurricanes.