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Tornado in Florida kills two, causes immense damage

January 18, 2016 12:46 PM |

Tornado in FloridaA couple of tornadoes and storms, triggered by severe weather, roared through central and southwestern parts of Florida on Sunday. The tornadoes ripped through the state before dawn on Sunday.

A tornado packed with winds of above 200 kmph swept through the town of Duette in the Manatee County. The strong twister brought a 300-foot-wide swath of destruction along a nine-mile stretch of the county.

Dozens of homes were destroyed or damaged and a couple was killed. Their son and four grandchildren were severely injured. They were all asleep in their mobile home as the twister struck.

The National Weather Service in Ruskin, Florida, confirmed that the first tornado appeared in Duette at about 3:45 a.m.

After some time, another twister came down upon the Sarasota County and struck near the beach community of Siesta Key. This barrier island is famous for its pricey condos and gorgeous beaches.

Several homes were destroyed in the Siesta Key and thousands of homes remained without power throughout the Sarasota County on Sunday morning. Trees were uprooted, minor flooding was reported and parking structures were mangled in the city.

The county Emergency Operations Center estimated the preliminary damage to be more than 3 million dollars.

 

  Rescue operations are being carried out by the Sarasota Fire Rescue.  

 

Tornadoes are not common in the beach communities but also not unheard of, especially in an El Nino year.

Image credit - USA Today

 






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