May 20, 2009

Storms leave swath of damage across Central Florida

Some residents across Central Florida are waking up this morning to flooding, downed trees and damaged roofs.

Other areas suffered downed power lines and are without power this morning.

Although it has not been confirmed, a possible tornado touched down in Seminole County, leaving a swath of damage as it plowed through a Casselberry neighborhood overnight.

Several homes sustained damages, such as downed trees and torn roofs, in the area of Lake Drive and Lakeshore Drive in Casselberry. About 30 homes were affected by the severe weather.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne said that area -- as well as others across Central Florida -- was under a tornado warning.

Other residents in Volusia County reported damages and power outages.

Port Orange residents said a tornado could have struck the Crane Lake adult community, judging from the damage to their buildings. However, a spokeswoman for the Port Orange Fire Department said the storm did not cause any significant damage.

Reports show there were at least 10,000 customers without power this morning in parts of Central Florida. Florida Power and Light officials said close to 8,000 customers had no power and Progress Energy reported about 2,700 homes without electricity.

And more heavy rainfall is forecast today and for the rest of the week.

A band of heavy rain with thunderstorms will continue to bring rain into Volusia and Brevard counties today, with additional storms developing throughout the day.

The storms could bring wind gusts of up to 50 mph and increase flooding in areas already affected from Tuesday's showers. Some hail is expected.

Forecasters said some of the storms have a history of rotating offshore, possibly turning into waterspouts near the shore.

Today's high is expected to be near 81, with a low of 68.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast Thursday. The high will be near 84, with a low around 71.

Walter Pacheco | Sentinel Staff Writer May 20, 2009

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