Although the National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that no tornadoes touched down during the course of the storm, many homes and businesses in Florida and Alabama suffered storm damage in a spat of severe weather that swept a portion of the southern United States on March 16, 2014. The strongest winds of the storm came in from the south-southwest and north-northeast, according to initial reports from experts with the NWS, and caused widespread damage from the area around Nokomis, Florida to the area around Canoe, Alabama. Wind speeds topped 110 mph at times.
The early reports of property damage from the early-spring storm included:
- In Atmore, a building containing the businesses Fred’s and Burke’s Outlet collapsed.
- Although most of the damage affected Burke’s, additional roof and window damage was reported from Fred’s.
- Canoe Baptist Church suffered damage as the wind violently tossed wood and debris.
- Winds twisted metal barns and damaged residences across Florida and Alabama.
- A large highway sign located near the state line fell during the storm.
- Falling trees created a hazard, blocking roads, taking down power lines, and causing damage to residential and commercial buildings.
Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the storm, and many of the businesses affected were closed and unoccupied on Sunday. As storm damage is assessed and estimated, there will likely be more reports of damage.
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