Storm leaves flooding, power outages

Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 12:46 a.m.

A severe storm blew through Alachua County Friday night, downing trees, causing streets to flood and leaving some 5,000 residents on the north side of Gainesville without power.



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The torrential rains, which dumped just over two inches of rain in an hour, were accompanied by hail, according to some reports, and standing water on many streets.

GRU spokeswoman Kathy Kopacz said late Friday that those left without power were mostly in northwest and northeast Gainesville, due to lightning strikes and power lines being down.

The storm raced across the county just after 10 p.m. A severe thunderstorm was in effect until 11 p.m. for eastern Alachua County.

Meantime, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for southern parts of Union, Bradford, Columbia and Suwannee counties as well as northern parts of Gilchrist and Putnam counties.

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