In Lakeland, power outages, downed trees and angered parents are the main results of wind and rain generated by Tropical Storm Hermine. Outages reported by Lakeland Electric topped 400 at one point but were down to 46 by early afternoon. Tonight’s Lake Gibson High football game has been cancelled because of conditions at Winter Haven’s field, but all other games are expected to go on as scheduled.
A city of Lakeland Facebook post asking people to report storm damage was dominated by parents complaining about the decision to keep public schools open and buses running at a time when 40 mph winds had been reported.
Some damage reported included:
- A tree down by Webster Church on Crutchfield Road across from Kathleen High School.
- Trees down in the Combee area, Kathleen and Dixieland.
- A large limb down on Shady Lane near Dobbins Park.
- A downed tree blocked a driveway off Yates Road.
- A tree fell on two houses at St. Anthony Street and New Jersey Road, damaging a roof.
- A tree fell on a house on West 10th Avenue.
- Another tree fell on a house on Sikes Boulevard.
- A large tree down on Oxford Avenue near Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
At 8:35 a.m., 416 Lakeland Electric customers were without power. Hardest hit is the Lakeland Highlands, which accounted for 265 outages.
By 12:20, it was down to 48 total.
While Hermine hit far north of us, Lakeland was in the path of heavy rains generated by the storm.
Some parents expressed gratitude to safety officers and school administrators:
And there was humor: