Storms packing strong winds moved through the Navarre area between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., March 28 causing damage to at least one building, vehicles and bringing Highway 98 eastbound traffic to a standstill.
The business center located at the corner of Prado Street and Highway 98 suffered damage to its roof. Flying debris from the building then damaged several cars in the parking lot.
Power poles along the north-side of Highway 87, just east of the Shoppes of Navarre, were leaning and caused a line that crossed the roadway to droop too low requiring Holley-Navarre Fire Department to stop westbound traffic. Gulf Power responded to the scene making the necessary repairs, which allowed eastbound lanes to re-open at about noon.
Other storm damage was reported in the Navarre area, as well as further east where business signage was damaged in Mary Esther and Fort Walton Beach.
The National Weather Service Office in Mobile issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area about 30 minutes prior to the line of storms reaching the Navarre area. The advisory said storms may be capable of producing 60 mph winds. One local report showed winds on Navarre Beach at 87 mph.