Severe weather ends for county; cooler, drier days ahead

Citrus County has wrapped up two days of severe weather, and what lies ahead, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, are cooler and drier days.
 
The turbulent weather began on Tuesday, when the county was placed under tornado warnings twice, first at 5:56 p.m. and again at 9:43 p.m., by the NWS. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been reported as sighted, or has appeared on radar in the area.
 
During the Tuesday weather blast, Crystal River was reported to have received about an inch of rain, the NWS said. Damage reported included a lightning strike on Tuesday at a home off Glenridge Boulevard in the Sugarmill Woods subdivision in Homosassa.
 
The latest round of severe weather, spawned from an approaching cold front, hit about 5 a.m., and weather warnings were issued for a tornado watch, intense lightning, dime- and quarter-sized hail, 55-60 mph winds and torrential rain. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Several power outages were reported but they were not widespread in Citrus County.
 
The Sheriff's Office has not reported any other damage or major flooding from the two-day weather blitz. The NWS reported that Citrus and Hernando Counties had 1.3 inches of rain, while Crystal River had nearly an inch of rain. 
 
For the next few days, it will be windy, and temperatures on Thursday were forecast to stay in the 70's, with northwest winds at 15 to 30 mph, and small-craft advisories have been posted for boaters. Also during the next few days humidity will stay low, and the winds will persist. Temperatures will be in the 40's at night over the next few days, the NWS forecast says, and winds will continue through the weekend.