Severe storm rips through Central Florida
Updated On: Mar 25 2013 08:47:00 PM EDT
The National Weather Service is in Central Florida on Monday to determine if the severe storm that ripped through was a tornado.
According to NWS, a survey of damage in west Orange County showed straight line wind damage. As of 7 p.m. Monday, the NWS had made no tornado confirmations.
The line of storms prompted tornado warnings for Lake, Orange and Brevard counties. The line moved quickly, tracking as fast as 70 miles per hour at times before moving off the coast. National Weather Service forecasters estimate wind gusts with the storms between 60 to 80 miles per hour. They also produced torrential rain and large hail.
NWS investigators determined damage at Lake Louisa State Park was the result of straight line winds, not a tornado. Teams have also surveyed damage in the Winter Garden area, as well parts of Brevard County, and have not found evidence of tornado touchdowns.
In Cape Canaveral, a family was displaced from their home after the storm lifted the roof off of the family's apartment building off of Adams Avenue. The strong winds also ripped off the roof of a second apartment, but it was vacant.
Emergency workers had to keep people in Titusville away from a downed sparking power line.
FPL reported 7,000 power outages throughout Central Florida late Sunday night. Thousands are still projected to be without power.
More than 100 traffic light signals were without power, police say, causing authorities to manually direct traffic at some of the most major intersections in the city.
In Orange County, home video shows you the moments when a tree came crashing down on a Sunset Lake Apartment.
Kywanie Lopez and her family were inside. "It sounded like 'boom' harder than everything," the little girl told Local 6. "I was scared."
Trees just next door at Hidden Lakes Apartment off South Kirkman Road snapped and onto two cars in the parking lot, causing power outages.
"Every bedroom, the limbs entered the house," Michael Beaumont told Local 6.
The limbs fell just feet from where his 2-year-old son slept in the crib in their Shine Avenue home.
People who can actually leave their drive ways will have debris and powerless intersections to battle in the morning, meanwhile, Kywanie will have a story to tell in the morning of her encounter with the wicked weather.
"You can hear the glass, it was dangerous," she said.
A tree was reported to have fallen down on a house in College Park on Reading Drive just before 3 p.m. Power outages were also reported in College Park after a tree fell on Vassar Street and Holly Lane in College Park.
Several other trees were reported down throughout Central Florida, including a tree blocking Summerlin Avenue near downtown Orlando. The storm also canceled the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the day.
Severe Thunderstorm warnings were issued through Sumter, Osceola, Brevard, Sminole and Orange counties. Significant Wind Advisories were issued after the storm.
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