The Acreage residents assess storm damage, National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down

THE ACREAGE, Fla. - Residents in The Acreage are working to get back on their feet after the outer bands of Tropical Storm Andrea whipped through a neighborhood near Temple Boulevard and 130th Avenue North.

Tree branches remained blocking several roads and homes hours after high winds brought several trees to the ground.

Shingles on homes lay scattered in backyards and at one home, several large holes in the roof could be seen from the street.

Sheds and pool covers were ripped from homes and thrown into other surrounding yards.

Thursday afternoon the National Weather Service confirmed the damage was caused by a tornado. Early estimates are it was an EF-1 with winds about 100 mph.

Homeowner Deron Gabbert said he was just about to go outside to send his girls to school when he heard the sounds of a strong wind.

"Just kind of a steady rise. Once it got beyond a certain level, I was like, 'this isn't good." The girls came running out of the bathroom wanting to know what is going on and I grabbed everybody and threw them into the half bath. A lot of crashing, banging and booming later and we come out to all of this," said Gabbert.

The power remained out along much of the impacted area of the Acreage.

Many Florida Power and Light trucks could be seen working the power lines to restore electricity.

Maintenance trucks also flooded the streets, working to clear the roads of the heavy tree limbs that block traffic.

PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Andrea damage (

Another tornado hit Belle Glade at around 3:20 a.m., causing minor damage to trees and power lines and an awning. It was classified as an EF-0.
A third tornado touched down in the Everglades of northern Broward County and southern Palm Beach County around 8:10 a.m. The observed tornado touched down just east of US 27 about 6 miles north of Alligator Alley.
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