Storm brings destructive wind and leaves many without power - FOX 35 News Orlando

Storm brings destructive wind and leaves many without power

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

More than 100 Orlando intersections were without power late Sunday afternoon, with traffic signals out, following a severe thunderstorm which swept through the area. 

Orlando Police said downed branches and tree limbs caused additional traffic jams. Police were directing traffic at most major intersections, but urged residents to stay off the roads if possible.

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Sunday's storm brought torrential rain, hail and heavy winds -- up to 60 mph in some places -- across central Florida.

Many flights at Orlando International Airport were delayed and the Arnold Palmer Invitational was postponed as a result of the storm.  The tournament will resume at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

The line of showers quickly rushed off to the east of Orlando, striking communities along the Space Coast, all while maintaining the same level of intensity.

Two units of a Cape Canaveral apartment complex have been deemed unlivable by the building inspector after Sunday's storms ripped the roof off of one side of the building. Amanda Spicer was already set for work, and talking to her 12 year old brother about how to prepare for big storms when she heard a giant boom.

"I looked out the window the roof was just hanging down, and all of the sudden you just hear water pouring through the light fixtures. The ceiling started cracking. There was water pouring down the ceiling. A couple of neighbors came up. We pushed all the furniture into the center of the room. Tried to barricade the water with towels, but by then it was already ankle deep in water in the whole apartment."

She spoke with us outside of her apartment as firefighters tried to remove as much water from the building as they could.

"We're all soaking wet. Nowhere to go. Nothing, nothing to do. We have no idea what's going on yet."

Most of Spicer's belongings are now ruined, but she was not concerned about her things.

"I'm grateful that me and my little brother got out before anything started caving in. That's what I was, I don't even care about me. I was just worried about my little brother."

Spicer was waiting on the Red Cross in the hopes they would get the family a room for the night.

 

Information taken from the Associated Press with contributions from FOX 35's Mike Synan.

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