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Tornado slams central FL town

Lake County homes damaged; second FL tornado in one week.

EUSTIS, Fla. | September 21, 2007

A tornado damaged at least 50 homes in Lake County, Fla., Thursday evening.

Officials said the tornado touched down at 11 p.m. and tore through a six block area in Eustis, leaving at least 20 homes uninhabitable and 30 others with varying levels of damage. The National Weather Service will spend Friday determining if it was a tornado that hit the community.

Damage assessments continued Friday morning, and assessment teams from the county's long-term recovery organization - Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) - will be in the neighborhood as well.

An American Red Cross shelter was set up at the Eustis Bay Street Baptist Church. At least 300 homes were without power and police warned residents to stay inside due to downed power lines. Those who need shelter, though, were urged to go to the Baptist church.

No major injuries were reported. The tornado was spawned from storms generated by a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico that could strengthen into a tropical storm sometime Friday. The system is now a tropical depression.

Thursday night's storms also prompted tornado warnings for other Florida counties and brought high winds and heavy rains to some areas.

Lake County was hit Feb. 2 by a deadly tornado that destroyed hundreds of homes across north central Florida. LASER is still assisting families recovering from that tornado.

Thursday night's tornado was the second in a week to hit Florida. Residents in Cape Coral are cleaning up from a Sunday night twister that damaged 138 homes and left another 18 uninhabitable. Four homes had major damage.

Cape Coral is just west of Ft. Myers.


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