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Small tornado strikes FL

Residents in one Florida town are cleaning up after an F1 tornado rolled through late Tuesday night.

BY HEATHER MOYER | LAND O’LAKES, Fla. | June 1, 2005

Residents in one Florida town are cleaning up after an F1 tornado rolled through late Tuesday night.

As many as 18 homes sustained minor roof damage near Land O’Lakes, some 20 miles north of Tampa, according to a National Weather Service (NWS) preliminary report. State emergency management is reporting two homes with minor roof damage.

Several local businesses suffered roof damage as well. The twister ripped down power lines along several major roads. Crews were still working to restore power to more than 5,000 customers Wednesday morning.

The twister stayed on the ground for more than one mile and was 100 yards wide at some points.

Local churches were stepping up immediately to assist residents with home damage. The Rev. Bill Owen of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church offered help to three families related to families in his congregation.

“We’re letting them know that we can help if needed,” he said. “So far none have taken us up on the offer. But we’re still waiting to see if other families will come forward.”

Owen has contacted other churches in Land O’Lakes to lend his church’s assistance, he said.

Severe storms have been moving through Florida since Monday, prompting tornado watches and warnings across the central and southern parts of the state.

Severe weather also moved through southeastern Texas this week. Residents in Houston witnessed a small tornado late Sunday. Minor damage was reported near the Meyerland area from intense winds and hail.


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