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Saturday
May142011

Severe Thunderstorm Straight-Line Winds Video

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms tracked across the south-central Florida region during the early afternoon hours Saturday. Several isolated severe storms developed just ahead of the line in northern Okeechobee County, and this is where I shot some storm structure shots, and was overtaken by very strong straight-line  winds shortly after. The winds lasted about 6-7 minutes, snapping tree branches and ripping off two outhouse metal roofs along SR 411. Small hail (dime size) was mixed in with the damaging winds, along with intense lightning. I was impressive how fast the storm developed, and the winds it produced about 17-20 miles north of Okeechobee City. This footage is also airing on The Weather Channel.

Rain shaft on developing new storm.

Severe thunderstorm developing ahead of main line of storms over rural Okeechobee County, FL. Rain curtains developing with small hail.

Large thunderstorm developing.

Main core of severe storm approaching my location from the west-southwest. Visible hail-core with straight-line winds to follow. 

Another round of possible strong to severe thunderstorms are forecasted for tomorrow, and once again they will be focused along breeze boundaries and the east coast of Florida. 

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