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    Bad Weather Slams Central Florida

    It has been a rough morning for most of Central Florida. A line of heavy weather tracked across Central Florida between 2:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.

    All of Central Florida has been under tornado watches and warnings most of the night. The weather caused severe accidents and cut down power to many.

    Kim Miller from the Florida Highway Patrol said that tornadoes and severe weather caused wrecks on Interstate 4 near State Road 44 in DeLand involving five tractor-trailers and two vehicles. Three people were taken to the hospital, however none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.
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    Lady Lake Police reported that a tornado touched down around 3:15 a.m. Power outages have been reported in Lady Lake. The storm producing the tornado crossed Lake Griffin, moving south of Emeralda and toward Umatilla in Lake County.

    In Lady Lake, the North Lake Presbyterian Church, located on Rolling Acers Road, behind Home Depot, has been set up as a shelter for anyone in need.

    Lake County
    Christie Mysinger from the Lake County Sheriff's Office said, "We have several unconfirmed fatalities and many injuries, structural damage to homes, trees and power lines down in roads." Since that announcement, there have been two confirmed deaths in Lake County.
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    My MIL lives in Orlando I just called her to make sure she's ok. Thank God she's fine. But hubby's uncle lives in Lake County. We're waiting to hear from him.

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    Deaths Reported as Storm Moves Across Central Florida

    TAVARES, Fla. Severe thunderstorms tore through central Florida early Friday, damaging homes, causing power outages and killing at least seven people, authorities said.

    Sgt. John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office confirmed seven people died in the Lake Mack area of DeLand.

    WOFL reported several tornados touched down.

    Mike Turner, a technician with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, said it appeared at least one fatality occurred in the Lady Lake area, northeast of Orlando.

    The storms moved across Sumter and Lake counties around 3:15 a.m., then moved to Volusia County, said Peggy Glitto, a weather service meteorologist.

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    From the video being shown on FOX news, it looks bad. "The Villages" seem to have been hit really bad. Major damage being reported in Deland, Lake Mack and The Villages. Authorities are still doing search and rescue. They are reporting "mass casualties." Early reports of 300-500 homes totally destroyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMush99
    My MIL lives in Orlando I just called her to make sure she's ok. Thank God she's fine. But hubby's uncle lives in Lake County. We're waiting to hear from him.
    I hope that your hubby's Uncle is OK MrsMush99. Lake county looks like it has severe damage. Lake County Sheriff's said " We have complete and total devastation."
    I have several friends that I am anxious to hear from. We have several Websleuth's members in that general area too. I hope that they are all OK.
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    My mom and dad had close friends who have retired to Lady Lake. They are trying to find out about them.


    What a terrible story.


    More tornado warnings on CNN just now!!

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    Another tornado just touched down in Indian River county at Grant which is near Vero Beach.
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    those poor people--terrible storm--Fatal tornados are rare in Florida--Except for the 1998 storms, you almost never hear of any fatalities--That's because most of the tornados we get are F0's, winds 50 to 90 mph--but these look like F2's! winds 150 mph!---Parts of north central Florida look like the Midwest! Midwest tornados are typically F2's and above--The 1999 OKlahoma City Tornado had winds clocked by mobile radar at 317 mph!!-44 people were killed and 660 were injured---The 1998 tornados killed dozens here in Florida in the very same area as these today--The great 1925 Tornado that went thru the midwest killed 689 people,the worst tornado in history--latest death toll from this storm today is now fourteen! awful

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    Oveall... the whole area involved........14 people reported dead now.............CNN

    This is BAD! Pray for these people please!

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    Now they're saying possible F3!--that's near 200 mph--This has to be related to Global Warming--1998 was the hottest year in recorded istory and the 1998 Florida tornados were th worst in state history--1998 also had a strong El Nino, the warming of the Pacific ocean--There is also a El Nino now, albeit weaker than 1998

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    So once this is desiginated a "disaster" let's see how fast FEMA comes in.
    It will be interesting.

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    Did anyone see that Lady Of Lake Church? Totally destroyed and it supposedly was built to withstand 150 mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love_Mama
    So once this is desiginated a "disaster" let's see how fast FEMA comes in.
    It will be interesting.

    xxxxxxxxxxooo
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    I found this recent article in reference to the "Christmas Day" tornado that hit Florida:

    Posted on Wed, Jan. 31, 2007

    VOLUSIA COUNTY
    FEMA denies tornado relief

    DAYTONA BEACH - (AP) -- Federal assistance has been denied for Volusia County residents struck by tornadoes on Christmas Day, authorities said.

    Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Ryan said he has supplied Gov. Charlie Crist's office with information to appeal Friday's decision from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    In one of his final acts as Florida's governor, Jeb Bush asked the federal government for assistance for parts of the state hit Christmas Day with tornadoes, thunderstorms and heavy rains. Bush declared a state of emergency for Volusia County, as well as Columbia, Lake, Pasco and Sumter counties.

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