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Storm damage hits Central Florida

TAVARES, Fla. – In Lake County Thursday, crews are busy cleaning up after a nasty night of storms. The Thursday evening storms took down several big trees near downtown Tavares.

"Typical of what we get this time of year, you know heavy winds, these afternoon storms can produce these micro bursts and the tornadoes," said Adrian Starkweather with Starkweather's Tree Service.

Large oak and pine trees fell Thursday blocking a road, on top of a church playground and one managed to reach a car, small boat and jet ski all parked in the backyard of a home.

"I know yesterday there was 3 ½, 4 foot swells coming off Lakeshore. It looked like the Atlantic Ocean or something out there, it was a mess," Starkweather told Local 6.

City crews were clearing and sweeping public streets Thursday morning and private companies were already doing clean up work for multiple homeowners.

"A lot of branches broke down from the trees so now we're cleaning it up," said Hernan Gutierrez with Hernan Tree Service.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne determined the damage was caused by a microburst that brought of up to 60 mph.

More severe storms are forecast to roll through Lake County again Friday afternoon. Professionals remind it's a good time of year to take preventative action to make sure your property doesn't get damaged.

"Get your trees trimmed. It's like preventative auto maintenance, having an oil change, a tune up, a coolant flush done," said Starkweather.