Tornadoes spawned by a powerful winter storm that blew over the southern United States damaged several homes in southwest Florida Sunday morning.
Video on social media shows numerous water tornadoes making landfall in Lee County. Water tornadoes are simply tornadoes over water. When they reach land, they are considered tornadoes.
These tornadoes have caused damage in the Fort Myers area, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed, and injured at least one person.
Lee County fire officials said 20 homes were destroyed in a fleet of RVs in the Fort Myers area, the Associated Press reported. Up to 200 people were displaced from their homes because of the destruction, WINK reported.
Other video footage shows debris lifted into the air by a water tornado that came ashore at the Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club in Fort Myers. It wasn’t immediately clear how much damage the area had suffered.
Severe storms that swept through Florida had cut power to nearly 40,000 customers as of Sunday morning.
The tornado also reportedly overturned a tractor trailer on northbound I-75 in Collier County, south of Fort Myers, causing traffic to be blocked in one direction. The driver of the truck was injured.