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Severe storms hit FL

Strong storms in northern Florida destroyed at least three homes and damaged another three dozen on Christmas morning.


Strong storms in northern Florida destroyed several homes and damaged dozens more on Christmas morning.

In Columbia County, three homes were destroyed and another three dozen were damaged near Lake City, about 60 miles west of Jacksonville. Two people were injured.

At least seven homes in the Tampa Bay Golf Course area are uninhabitable, according to Doug Tobin, spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff's office. More than 30 homes in that area were damaged, Tobin said. Two people had minor injuries.

Local officials said the damage tallies may rise as assessments continue.

The National Weather Service issued a warning only moments before the storm struck around 11 a.m.

Forecasters said the damage was most likely caused by a tornado.

The National Weather Service reported 5.58 inches of rainfall at the Tallahassee Regional Airport - the most on Christmas Day since 1897.

Thunderstorms also moved through South Florida. Most of South Florida was under a tornado watch on Christmas Day.

Bad weather will continue through much of the evening, forecasters said, and will spread upward from Florida into North Carolina.

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