//Thunderstorms bring rain and hail to North Florida, South Georgia

Thunderstorms bring rain and hail to North Florida, South Georgia


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s definitely not your afternoon thunderstorm we see over the summer on Monday night.

The strong winds and heavy rains in the area, causing problems for some folks.

Wind howling, rain beating down on pavement, those factors affecting drivers hitting the road through the storm.

When asked about driving on the interstate, Chris Gautreaux said, “Pretty white knuckled almost the whole way.”

AAA says wet roads, lead to almost 1.2 million crashes every year nationally.

“Right now I have some paddle boards strapped to the top of the car, so they’re making things kind of push of and you can feel it sliding so it’s kind of scary,” said Gautreaux about driving past semi trucks.

When it comes to flooding, the National Weather Service reports only 12 inches of rushing water can carry away a small car.

Leon County Emergency Management’s Kevin Peters said, “Everyone just needs to remember turn around don’t drown if you encounter a roadway that had water over it because it’s hard to judge the depth.”

With trees lining Tallahassee roads, today saw several notwithstanding the conditions. Multiple trees fell across Apalachee Parkway on Monday evening, causing traffic to back up.

While bringing in wind chimes from the storm, Sandra Dunsford said, “I seen the top of the tree come out of that tree over there. Not only two minutes later, I went in and then this other tree fell down and it went boom.”

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

“You never know what will happen if damage like this would’ve happened,” said Dunsford.

But every crack of thunder can be a stark reminder of how these storms are a powerful force of nature.

“I’ve been through them before. It just seems like the first one this year, so I don’t remember how bad it can get,” said Gautreaux.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)