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Storm in Daytona Beach flips over small plane at airport Monday

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Gusty winds during a thunderstorm in Daytona Beach flipped over a small plane at Daytona Beach International Airport early Monday evening. Airport security and Volusia County Fire Services airport units were on the scene on or near a runway at the airport with the plane, and there did not appear to be any initial serious injuries from the incident. A Volusia County Fire Services Engine also responded to a residence along the south side of the main runway after the storm, where a tree was blown over in the front yard of the home.

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Plane had just landed, microburst alert had just been issued

In a press release, Volusia County Community Information Manager Joanne Magley said two student pilots in the plane escaped injury, but the plane "...sustained substantial damage." The plane had just landed and was on a taxi way when it flipped upside down, and the airport had also just issued a microburst alert for winds up to 75 miles per hour. Officials say there was no fire or fuel spill from the accident. The light aircraft is owned by Phoenix East Aviation.

John Murray, Director of Public Safety at Daytona Beach International, also said the airport remained open and did not close during the weather incident.

Power outages in Daytona Beach Monday night

Daytona Beach Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Larry Stoney reported Monday night that there were power outages in the areas of Nova Road and Orange Avenue in Daytona Beach, and that Florida Power and Light crews were working to restore service in the areas. Lt. Stoney also said the Daytona Beach Fire Department answered several calls Monday evening in which trees had fallen and damaged structures. The most severe, he said, happened in the 800 block of North Kottle Circle where a tree fell into a vacant home. No one was injured in that incident.

The storm threatened throughout the afternoon, with winds gusting up to 22 miles per hour at the airport, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. However, the Weather Service says only .15 inches of rain was recorded at the airport as of shortly before seven Monday night. This Examiner was in the parking lot of the Volusia Mall at around 6:30 Monday evening when winds rose and brought sheets of heavy rainfall to the area. A tree was also blown over and blocked one lane of Williamson Boulevard south of International Speedway Boulevard after the storm.

Windy with rain in forecasts for tonight and Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Melbourne says there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, with a low around 69. Winds will be south at 5 to 15 miles per hour, and could gust as high as 20 miles per hour.

Showers, and a possible thunderstorm before 2pm, are also likely Tuesday according to the Weather Service, with a high around 75. It will be windy, with south winds at 10 to 20 miles per hour, becoming west in the afternoon. Wind gusts could be as high as 30 miles per hour Tuesday, with a 70 percent chance of rain.

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Melbourne website.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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