Storm Damage in Marion County
Heavy rain and high winds were ripping through the Marion County area early Wednesday evening.
Jeffrey Jones who lives on northeast 50th avenue said during the storm he was relaxing in the living room with his two grandsons.
"All of a sudden I heard what sounded like a loud clap of thunder," said Jeffrey Jones.
A water oak tree about 90 feet tall came crashing down on their den.
"The house shook a little bit and my wife and daughter who were in the den, screamed," said Jones.
Jones said his 13- month- old grand baby had left the den area, seconds before the massive tree came crashing down.
"The roof had collapsed and I went running towards them to make sure they were fine," said Jones.
The oak tree didn't fall on his wife or daughter, but they were struck by debris.
"My daughter got hit in head and my wife on her arm," said Jones.
Jones and his family immediately evacuated the home.
Just one street over on northeast 50th avenue, another tree fell.
Barely missing this house, but damaging part of the roof.
There was more storm damage a couple minutes away at Bill Streckers northeast Ocala home.
"All of a sudden I heard a big "thump" you know "swoosh" and I looked out the door and there it was my present," said Strecker.
Another oak tree about 80 feet tall fell across his frontyard.
Strecker said he's shocked to see his wooden cross still standing.
At the Diamond Oil gas station here on northeast seventh street in Ocala, a burst of wind blew apart the canopy over the gas pumps.
On the otherside of town in south and north west Ocala, trees also came crashing down.
One on a vacant home and another on this house.
Maritza Medina said people in the neighborhood went to check if their neighbor was home.
"Everybody went to the back of the house to make sure that her car wasn't there because she parks in the back. Luckily she wasn't there," said Medina.
So far there are no reports on injuries related to the storm.
Last night about 7500 people were without power, but as of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday only nine people were without power in the Ocala area.
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