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Severe weather causes damage in Hillsborough, Polk counties

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A lightning stirke is believed to have caused a fire that damaged eight units at the Carrollwood States Apartments. Hillsborough Co. Fire Rescue photo A lightning stirke is believed to have caused a fire that damaged eight units at the Carrollwood States Apartments. Hillsborough Co. Fire Rescue photo
Severe weather damaged multiple residences in Hillsborough and Polk counties on Wednesday afternoon.

A lightning strike is the apparent cause of a fire that damaged eight units at the Carrollwood States Apartments in Carrollwood, according to a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesperson.

Firefighters responded to the blaze around 5:10 p.m. and had the fire under control twenty minutes later.

The eight units suffered heavy smoke damage and are considered uninhabitable. Residents will be placed in hotels by the apartment management. No one was injured.

Wednesday's severe storm also damaged numerous homes in Polk County.  Off Lyle Parkway near the Bartow Hospital, the Jones family had their roof ripped off then slammed back down.

"Skies extremely dark and I've been through 85 mile and hour winds here, and these had to be close to a hundred or better," said Steven Jones.

A Polk County Fire Rescue spokesperson says three mobile homes on Powerline Road in Haines City were damaged.
 
At least a dozen were damaged at the Davenport RV park. 

Linda McDougald's neighbors thought she'd been injured, but that was not the case.

"They called me on the phone because everyone was looking for me- they were worried I might be in there and hurt. So everyone came running and looking for me - but I was just up the street at the neighbor's having dinner," she said.

Two homes suffered roof damage on Tate Road and West Easy Street in Bartow and strong winds blew the roof off the porch of a home on Pinecone Court in Fort Meade.

No injuries were reported.

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