LAKE CITY, Fla. -- As storms spiraled through North Florida Saturday, Lake City got hit with some of the worst damage in the area.
"All you heard was wind whipping and the next thing you know, we heard the tree crackling out front, and everything just went black," said Lake City resident Mark Brummels.
Minutes later, Brummels front yard was covered in a massive tree.
According to initial damage reports, more than 200 trees fell in Columbia County with some of them directly affecting businesses, homes, and automobiles.
Saturday afternoon, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a declaration of emergency.
Several city traffic lights were down for hours.
According to an update at the Columbia County Combined Communications Center, approximately 7,000 people in the area had lost power. But by 8 p.m., that number had dropped to 1,900 still experiencing an outage.
Morris Timmons was one of them. Whipping winds had sent debris flying into his front yard, damaging his carport.
"I heard like a big boom outside and when I went to the back door and looked out I saw all the debris over the yard," said Timmons.
At least six families were displaced by damage from the storm. The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities were working to provide them assistance.
"We're lucky, lucky to be alive," Brummels said.
Power was expected to be fully restored in the community by Sunday.