Gainesville area relatively unscathed by tropical storm


Allen Michael Reynolds, left, and his brother, David Anthony Reynolds look at the roots of a tree that fell onto their home during Tropical Storm Andrea on Thursday in Gainesville.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

Tropical Storm Andrea blew through Gainesville on Thursday, but it did not leave a very lasting impression.

Mike McAllister, a forecaster from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said Gainesville received 1.56 inches of rain as measured at the airport, with the highest wind speeds topping out at 32 mph.

Home-based weather stations that send data to Weather Underground reported rainfall totals ranging from 1.08 inches at Haile Plantation to 1.96 inches at Suburban Heights.

McAllister said there was not enough rain for flooding.

Amelia Bell, Gainesville Regional Utilities spokeswoman, said the storm affected about 4,000 residences at various times Thursday. The majority of power failures occurred around 9 p.m. and were resolved by midnight. The causes of the outages were falling trees, limbs and other vegetation.

Wayne Mattox, manager of communications for Clay Electric Cooperative, said the highest number of power outages at any one time in Alachua County was 1,500.

The largest single power outage lasted 35 minutes and affected 848 accounts. The outage occurred when a large dead pine tree fell onto a feeder line.

Art Forgey, Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said some trees fell because of the rains and wind, but there was no major damage.

The Sheriff's Office deals with traffic assistance during a storm, but there was no more assistance needed than for a typical rainstorm, Forgey said. A few weather-related alarms went off in residences, Forgey said.

It was a good reminder for the public about how quickly a storm can come, he said.

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