Photo Gallery | Sunday's Storms Surrounding St. Augustine
This is a First Hand look into the storms that surrounded and pounded the St. Augustine area Sunday Afternoon, August 14, 2011. On Vilano Beach the sun was shining and it was hot, but the view of the intensifying storms was not as inviting.
These storms were accompanied by plenty of devastating lightning, chilling thunder, and a consistent wind blowing and estimated 45 Mph. As these storms collided and moved ashore they quickly produced heavy rainfall, and dangerous driving conditions. The visibility was less than a quarter of a mile in some areas, with water gathering on the roads quickly.
The high winds and stormy conditions also took down a large tree farther West on 207 which appeared to be lying on some type of utility line. There were workers on the scene at the time addressing the issue.
These storms, and storms similar to these that we experience regularly on the first coast, are a reminder of how quickly the weather can change. In conditions like these avoiding the roads would be the best way to go. While traveling in these conditions extra precautions should be taken such as reduced speed while visibility is reduced, or where there is excess water on the road. Another simple yet effective precaution to take in conditions like these would be TURN ON YOUR LIGHTS!