Unconfirmed Tornado Badly Damages Suwannee County Business
Published June 7th, 2013
SUWANNEE COUNTY - As Tropical Storm Andrea now leaves Florida and continues her trek to the northeast, at least eight confirmed tornadoes were reported across the state on Thursday.
A suspected tornado touched down in Suwannee County near the town of Branford late Thursday, leaving some residents there to pick up the pieces.
Cindy Knowles says she first noticed a funnel cloud forming from her back porch, shortly after she felt her home start to shake. After experiencing a tornado several years ago, Knowles says she knew immediately that she was in danger.
"I saw it touch down at the end of the property," said Knowles. "You could hear it tearing things up, but there was so much wind and stuff, you couldn't actually see how much damage there was until it was gone."
Knowles says she quickly called the owners of the motorcycle repair shop across the way from her home to let them know what she saw. While Knowles' home was not damaged, the nearby shop bore the brunt of the suspected tornado's force.
Owners of the shop say the business sustained at least several thousand dollars worth of damage, most of which included tools that were picked up and thrown into the nearby woods.
One other trailer home suffered slight damage, but no one was hurt.
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