Cedar Key Storm Damage
" I've been through hurricanes, and i mean it was worse than any hurricane."
Life long Cedar Key resident Anne Osteen says she can't remember the last time she saw something like this.
" I heard this train coming,"
Roslyn Mann rents a place on the water and took cover when the skies started to darken.
" When I did finally get brave to come out on the porch and take a peak, it looked like a war zone," said Mann.
A cold front came through the city just after 7:30 a.m. and it packed quite a punch.
The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay reported winds of 91 miles per hour.
According to Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin says there was widespread damage, but one specific spot suffered the worst of it.
" Obvious damage was the big dock was down here at the gulf side motel, all of us were pretty shocked when we saw that thing in the water," said Chief Sandlin.
A dock that just 24 hours ago looked like this, now looks like this.
Although the dock was completely demolished, Chief Sandlin knows that things could have been worse.
" No injuries have been reported to us, just property damage. Trees can be replanted, buildings can be rebuilt, when people are hurt in takes a long time to overcome that," said Chief Sandlin.
Osteen echoed similar thoughts and says her biggest worry was for the residents of Cedar Key.
" I'm just glad everybody is alright, it just woke me up, and that's my thing, please don't let it hurt nobody," said Osteen.
Chief Sandlin says he expects the clean up to last about a week, but the task was already well underway this afternoon.
The majority of blown down trees and limbs had already been picked up by late this morning, but cleanup of the dock will take several days.
Mann says it's surreal to think about how quickly it happened, she's just happy her and her dog made it out alright.
" I think you hear about these things, but you never think about yourself really being in the middle of this," said Mann.
Damage that brought down a dock, but not a city.
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