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Deadly Tornadoes, Severe Storms Slam

Florida
Published:
Jan 18 2016 08:00 AM EST
weather.com
Residents across Florida are recovering from severe thunderstorms, including three confirmed
tornadoes that struck Florida early Sunday morning, killing at least two people, injuring several
others and knocking out power to 100,000 homes statewide, authorities said.
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said two people, a man and a woman, were killed and four
children have been hospitalized after their mobile home was destroyed in Duette by an EF-2
tornado. The two deaths are the first tornado-related fatalities in the state since 2012, during Tropical
Storm Debby.
Authorities have identified the two people killed by severe weather in Duette, Florida, Sunday
morning as Steven and Kate Wilson.((Twitter/@lynblake) )
The deceased were identified as Steven Wilson and Kelli Wilson, reports NBC. Steven was
pronounced dead at the scene and Kelli was pronounced dead at the hospital. A third adult in the
mobile home at the time, Steven M. Wilson, and the four children were hospitalized with what are
believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The tornado ripped a 300-foot-wide swath of destruction along a nine-mile stretch of the county, the
National Weather Service said.
Im amazed to see anybody got out of this alive, Steube told the Associated Press.
Two GoFundMe accounts have been established for the family, the Tampa Tribune reports. To
donate, access gofundme.com and search Duette Tornado Victims Family or Duette Tornado
Victims Dad and Kids.

(MORE: Grandparents Victims of Deadly Tornado)


A second EF2 tornado touched down in Seista Key in Sarasota County with winds estimated to have
reached 70 mph, according to the NWS. Fire crews were going door to door to check on
residents. Photos posted to social media after the storms show significant damage to homes.
Several condominiums were damaged and the second floor of a home collapsed in Siesta Key,
causing two injuries, NWS also reports.
Two people had to be rescued in Sarasota after their home was wiped out by early morning storms,
reports ABC Action News. They suffered minor injuries.
"I've lived on this block since 1976," neighbor Don Garvey told WTVT. "I saw that whole street
develop, and I didn't ever think that I'd see the whole street destroyed," said Don Garvey.
Florida Power and Light reported there were 17,000 homes without power in Sarasota County. The
county government said that less than 45 homes in the area suffered damage and estimated the
damage at less than $3 million total, but has opened a multi-agency resource center at the Edson
Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park to assist residents whose properties have been impacted by
Sunday's storms, WTSP reports.
Farther south, a line of severe thunderstorms swept through the Naples area with wind gusts topping
80 mph.
"The wind was getting stronger and stronger and then it sounded like a freight train," resident Mary
Felix told WZVN.
A storm spotter reported transformers blown out and trees and power lines down in the Naples pier
area.
Wind speeds were strong enough to move planes at the Naples airport. Photos show a jet belonging
to Judith "Judge Judy" Sheindlin resting on its tail, with its front landing gear dangling in the air.
An EF1 tornado was reported near Hobe Sound Sunday, according to NWS. It touched down near
U.S. 1 before moving rapidly northeast and weakening to an EF0. Several large trees were snapped
at the trunk or uprooted and tere was damage to roofs and cars.
Monday the Sarasota County Government will open a resource center to aid residents whose
properties were damaged by the storms, according to the Herald Tribune. Residents will be able to

meet with county building officials, utilities staff, American Red Cross representatives, Florida Power
& Light, and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Summary
On January 17th 2016 severe thunderstorms and three confirmed tornadoes
ripped through Florida. There were two people dead and several others were
injured. About 100 000 homes lost power statewide. A couple died as an EF-2
tornado tore through their motor home, also injuring four children. Another
EF-2 touched down in Sarasota County with winds near 70 mph, and left 17
000 homes without power and less than 45 homes in the area were
destroyed and the damage was less than 3 million total. Severe
thunderstorms made their way through Naples area with winds around 80
mph. An EF-1 made its way through Hobe Sound until it faded into an EF-0.
"Deadly Tornadoes, Severe Storms Slam Florida." The Weather Channel. N.p.,
18 Jan. 2016. Web. 24 Jan. 2016.
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