UPDATE (07-23-18): Allen is in critical condition, according to an update this morning from OBPD.
Earlier reporting below.
Volusia County, FL – A 56-year-old man is in the hospital after a tree fell on him while severe storms were moving through the Daytona Beach area.
Paramedics were called to the scene at Arroyo Parkway in Ormond Beach (pictured above) around 1:20 this afternoon. That’s east of U.S. 1 and north of the Holly Hill border, just a few blocks from the Halifax River.
OBPD Officer Keith Walker says James Allen and another person were moving furniture when the tree came apart during the storm, falling on both of them.
“The second person suffered minor injuries and was not transported,” Walker added. “The status of Allen’s condition is not known at this time.”
An ambulance took Allen to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment.
The incident happened while a severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for much of the Volusia/Flagler area, according to the National Weather Service.
Rough waters caused by those storms also led to four boats beaching themselves in separate parts of New Smyrna Beach, per Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Mike Berard.
“All passengers were accounted for,” Berard added. “There were no injuries to report. All four vessels were able to get back underway after the heaviest part of the storm passed.”
Those boats – all between 18 and 25 feet – ended up going ashore near the jetty at Ponce De Leon Inlet, in a parking lot at Canaveral National Seashore, around five blocks south of 27th Avenue Park and four blocks south of Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park.