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NWS confirms EF0 tornado struck The Acreage early Monday morning

Posted at 7:07 AM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 20:10:44-04

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit The Acreage early Monday morning, carving a 1 and ½ mile path of destruction that sent residents seeking shelter and praying for their lives.

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The storm packed 80 mph winds and traveled about 50 yards around 5:34 a.m. 

Chopper 5 flew over Key Lime Boulevard and Pratt Whitney Road in the Acreage around 6:40 a.m. and spotted multiple buildings damaged, downed trees, a trailer on its side and awnings twisted from the storm. 

Other damage was reported along 74th Street North at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road.

Resident Rosa Madrigal said she woke up this morning and "felt the need to pray and that’s exactly what I did."

Madrigal said she heard a loud roar as the storm passed over her home, forcing she and her family to take cover in a closet. 


She said it felt like the east side of her home was moving as the storm hit. 

After the storm passed, Madrigal said her patio furniture was tossed around but her home wasn't damaged.

Utility crews are at the scene working to repair damaged power lines.

No injuries have been reported.


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