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Strong winds wreak havoc in Canoe

By By Robert Blankenship
Advance Managing Editor
High winds and hail bashed down on the communities of Canoe and Robinsonville early Thursday evening leaving many homes in those areas without electricity for a few hours.
Many residents in the area were disturbed as trees, power lines and other debris came crashing into their yards.
Peggy Moye lives in one of the homes affected in the Robinsonville community. She said at one time on Thursday evening her yard was covered with hail. The storm also knocked down a large tree, damaged her garage door and left her and her family without electricity for several hours.
Escambia County Emergency Agency Director Bill Smith said that this type of activity should be expected this time of year.
Smith said what residents experienced on Thursday night was a severe period of thunderstorms with very high wind gusts.
Scott Fuller of Southern Pine said there were several lines that had been damaged, but that it took only a couple of hours to make the needed repairs.