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Strong Storms Bring Wet Christmas To Panhandle

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Walton County, Fla. -

There was no white Christmas for the panhandle this year, but it was a rainy one. A series of strong storms made their way across the area Tuesday evening, bringing the joyous holiday to a stormy end.

"The wind was shaking the swing on my porch, and it woke us up," said Wendy Ammons with the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

Ammons says Walton County was slammed by storms.

"There were funnel clouds spotted in the mossy head area, and later on going into Paxton and Geneva up into Alabama" Ammons said.

Ammons says they received several reports of branches and debris at the Sheriff's Office. Meanwhile, several News 13 viewers were dealing with funnel clouds too close for comfort.

In a video submitted from Daren Kelly of Freeport you can see the waterspout churning just off shore in the Choctawhatchee Bay. Another video from Elizabeth O'Brien of South Walton shows a funnel cloud forming above her house. Luckily, it didn't finish the process.

"I don't recall anything like this happening during Christmas time, and I don't remember anything like this happening while I've been working with the Walton County Sheriff's Office," Ammons said.

Ammons says Walton County was spared the brunt of mother nature's fury, unlike our neighbors to the west in Mobile, Alabama where 2 tornadoes touched down. Ammons says if Walton were similarly affected during the holiday week, they would be ready.

"Any typical time of day or year or anything of that nature, we're out there and we're answering those calls...not anything any different from any other day," Ammons said.  

Ammons says other than some branches in the road, there were no reports of major damage or injuries.