SEBRING, Fla. — Heads up!
As if the rain and lightning weren't enough, people in parts of Highlands County Monday evening also had to keep an eye out for hail.
A handful of severe thunderstorm warnings were issued throughout the night, which began shortly after 6 p.m. The affected areas were northwest Highlands County, south-central Polk County and northeast Hardee County.
In Highlands County, what followed those warnings was torrential rain and reports of golf ball size hail.
These storms turned severe once the radar indicated half-dollar (1.25") size hail and wind gusts capable of reaching 60 mph. However, the threat of damage became considerable once confirmed reports of golf ball size hail (1.75") were observed.
The Highlands County Sheriff's Office reported car windows being smashed from Venus to Avon Park due to the hail. Authorities also shared images of trees being knocked down.
Parts of Highland County see hail during severe weather
The sheriff's office asks that if anyone comes across a downed power line, not to go near it. Instead, call 402-7200 to report them. You can also report any damage to authorities here.