High winds cause damage in Lake County, Florida

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 11:58:38-05

UPDATE: After surveying the storm damage in the Mascotte/Groveland area, the National Weather Service in Melbourne has determined the weather event on Thursday morning was not a tornado, but straight line winds, Lake County Emergency Management tweeted Friday.


LAKE COUNTY, Fla.-- A possible tornado touched down in a Lake County, Florida, neighborhood Thursday, damaging several homes, according to officials.

Reports came in about six in the morning that a strong storm had come through the area.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said that one home was destroyed and at least eight others had minimum to moderate damage.

The Tuscanooga Baptist Church was among the buildings damaged, with trees falling into the nearby cemetery.

The pastor's home was destroyed.

"We're very happy to say that there are no injuries to report. We did have several structures that were damaged. We had one completely destroyed which is off Tuscanooga, that was actually moved 20 feet off of its foundation. We don't know if it's a tornado. It appears to be but we have to wait to get confirmation from the National Weather Service," said Lake County Sheriff Payton Grinnell.

The sheriff's office said inmate work crews were sent to clean up the Tuscanooga Baptist Church cemetery.