SPRING HILL (CBSMiami/AP) — A 17-year-old Florida girl died on Sunday when her car collided with a downed power line in Hernando County, north of Tampa.
Heavy storms knocked down a tree which in turn brought down the power line.READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall
In the collision, the power line set the driver’s side of her car on fire.
She tried to exit the car on the passenger side but ended up stepping on the live power line and died at the scene.
Her name has not been released.
The storm brought heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and lightning to wide areas of the state. Up to 2 inches of rain were reported in some areas, causing street flooding.
In Mount Dora, a home sustained severe damage when it caught fire after being struck by lightning.
Some neighborhoods near Orlando reported golf ball-sized hail.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County
In Lakeland, a hotel’s roof sustained damage when it was partly ripped off by high winds. In Palm Harbor, north of Tampa, a bar’s roof was damaged by winds.
The storm capped a weekend of damaging weather throughout the state.
A Saturday storm damaged about 20 homes on Florida’s Gulf Coast and injured one person, officials said.
Manatee County Public Safety said the homes were damaged by straight-line winds Saturday afternoon and not a tornado, according to the Bradenton Herald. The wind’s strength was not immediately known.
Five homes sustained major roof damage and one person suffered minor injuries, the National Weather Service said.
Earlier Saturday, possible tornadoes caused damage in the Panhandle.
In Panama City Beach, a home and convenience store were leveled by a possible tornado, city officials said in a Facebook post. A resident’s photo posted by The Panama City News Herald shows the store’s roof and walls ripped away, but its counters, shelves, and the merchandise they held appear untouched.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
In Pensacola, the roof of a downtown brewery was ripped off by the storm, local news reports show. The National Weather Service has not confirmed if that was caused by a tornado, but reported winds of up to 60 mph.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,977 New Cases, 66 Additional Deaths Reported Saturday
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