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Orlando Hit By Saturday Tornado As Tropical Storm Cristobal Draws Closer To Gulf Coast

house damaged by tornado, with debris in front of house
Scott Spratt, National Weather Service
Several homes were damaged in Orlando neighborhoods Saturday from a tornado spawned by a storm associated with Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is bringing heavy downpours to parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as it continues advancing toward the region after having spawned a tornado in Florida.

Roads were flooded in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi Sunday, and thousands were without power even before the the storm made landfall.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami says Cristobal’s maximum sustained winds are at 50 mph. The storm is currently about 90 miles south of New Orleans and moving north at 12 mph. Cristobal is forecast to make landfall by Sunday night.

The storm made its presence felt Saturday with a tornado that touched down near downtown Orlando, just missing a group of protesters. The City of Orlando tweeted that there were no injuries, but damage was reported to residential areas.

The National Weather Service announced Sunday that the tornado was rated as an EF1, with winds topping out around 105 mph near Lake Margaret and the Fern Creek neighborhood of Orlando.

The National Weather Service said a tornado uprooted trees and downed power lines Sunday in a rural part of north Florida. Meteorologist Kirsten Chaney says the twister touched down about 3:35 p.m. south of Lake City near Interstate 75. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Additional information courtesy Abe Aboraya and WMFE

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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