In Orange County, trees were reported to have crashed on a house or on wires and lightning was reported to have struck an apartment building at the River Reach Apartments.
Orange County Fire Rescue said the lightning strike caused a fire in the attic. The 24 units in the apartment building were evacuated and half of them remained evacuated overnight.
“I could see the flash from the lightning and then bam! You hear the thunder but it was really loud thunder, like louder than usual where the building shakes,” said Lisandra Caneda, who lost everything in the fire.
Caneda has a 10-month-old son and 8-year-old daughter, but she was alone in the apartment when it caught fire. They are all now without their home and everything inside it.
“We have no clothes, everything is gone. This morning when I woke up, this was the last thing I thought was going to happen,” said Caneda.
The Red Cross is helping 71 people who have been displaced by the fire.
In College Park, the storm took out a large water oak that’s been in the front yard of a home for more than 30 years.
“It’s unfortunate, you know. We’ve lived here since 1981 and the trees provided us a lot of shade and comfort. It sort of made our property but now it’s lost,” said Randy Shelby, who owns the home where the tree fell.
Shelby said he’s sad to see the tree go, but is very thankful it didn’t fall towards the house or injure anyone when it came down.
“There’s always a lot of people walking here and people park on the street here and so it could’ve been worst,” said Shelby. The tree is blocking an entire intersection at Sheridan Boulevard and Eastin Street. The City of Orlando said a crew will be out to remove it at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in Volusia County small power outages were reported throughout the county due to downed power lines. High temperatures in Orlando on Tuesday reached a few degrees above the average at 93. Rain chances jumped to 60 percent Wednesday afternoon, with highs in the low 90s all week. Rain chances will be at 50 percent on Thursday and Friday.
Father’s Day weekend will not be a washout, but there will be a 40 percent coverage of rain both Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the low 90s.
A cat virus is causing huge concerns on Maui. The Maui Humane Society confirms the rare disease called panleukopenia has been found in Upcountry Maui. It is also known as cat distemper.
The virus can lead to sudden death for cats. Experts worry it can lead to epidemic levels especially since the cat only needs to come in contact with saliva or fluids of an infected animal.
“It is possible it is new to Maui. It is a virus that can kill very quickly,” said Dr. Miyo Kim, Maui Humane Society Director of Veterinary Services. “The panleukopenia virus is very similar to the parvo virus in dogs in that it is highly contagious and can last a very long time in the environment up to a year.”
So far it does not appear to have spread to other islands. The Hawaiian Humane Society says there have been no known outbreaks on Oahu. The virus has existed on the mainland, but not in Hawaii.
Dr. Miyo says vaccinations can be highly effective. Ask your veterinarian for more information.
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