Florida Extreme Weather

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Published Friday, December 21, 2018

A massive storm system is already hitting Florida hard. A EF0 tornado touched down in Polk County Thursday morning just before 9 a.m., the National Weather Service Tampa Bay confirmed.

A second EF0 tornado hit Manatee County at around the same time. Pasco Fire Rescue says the storm damaged at least 70 homes in Zephyrhills. Four of those homes have been deemed unsafe.

Initially, people believed the Forest Lake Estates neighborhood got hit by a tornado, but now experts believe the damage is from straight-line winds.

In North Fort Myers, strong winds knocked a trampoline into the side of a home.

The National Weather Service is also reporting one possible injury after a storm damaged a roof in Polk County.

In Flagler County, there is a report of a tree down in a road. Indian River County and Okeechobee Counties were under a tornado watch for the first part of Thursday morning.

Tornado warnings also went up Thursday morning in Sarasota, Polk, and portions of Seminole and Volusia Counties.

The wind is also picking up in West Palm Beach. Dark clouds are moving across the Treasure Coast as well.

A tent at a Home Depot in Stuart fell victim to the stormy conditions.

A spokesman for the store said two workers were hurt when the tent collapsed. Their injuries are not serious. The tent, which housed Christmas trees, also damaged two cars.
Source: DORRIS

Florida Extreme Weather Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 700 km.
Alert Level: Green
Category: Met
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Injured: 1

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