A tornado and fallen trees caused major damage to homes


Ocala, Florida — Confirmed tornado: The National Weather Service reported dozens of homes being damaged in the Palm Cay and Oak Run subdivisions off of State Road 200, Ocala.

On Tuesday, officials confirmed that the storm was an EF1 tornado, which produces 86 to 109 mph winds.

The tornado caused homes to lose their roofs, carports, and awnings. Fallen trees ripped up by the tornado also damaged homes.

According to reports, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management and Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the area. They helped residents place tarps on their roofs and clear debris from the roads.

At 3:21 p.m., doppler radar tracked a line of strong thunderstorms along a line extending from Interlachen to Beverly Hills moving east at 55 mph.

Areas that were not hit by the tornado had wind gusts up to 60 mph.

So far, damage has been reported in Marion, Flagler, and Orange counties.

No injuries were reported during Monday’s storm.

Ocala Post obtained photos from MCFR and MCSO.

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