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Powerful downburst damages Florida homes in seconds

Powerful downburst damages Florida homes in seconds

The last thing Susan Selesky expected Thursday was to be awakened from a nap by a tree penetrating her roof.

So it’s understandable she compared a strong afternoon storm to some of the hurricanes that have lashed her Florida Shores neighborhood.

“I’ve been through Charlie, Frances and Jeanne and this was worse than all three of those,” Selesky said. “It scared me worse.”

Selesky’s home was one of at least three damaged by the strong storm as winds knocked down several large trees and took down a few power lines, according to Edgewater Fire Chief Stephen Cousins. Crews from Florida Power & Light were in the area working to restore power Thursday. And more than 100 homes in the area were without power, according to FPL’s power map.

“We’re not exactly sure the spacial extent of the winds, but it was definitely a downburst with straight-line winds,” said Meteorologist Jessie Smith of the National Weather Service of Melbourne.
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