40 homes damaged in Volusia County; Tornado suspected
Updated On: Dec 11 2012 10:08:14 AM EST
Dozens of homes were damaged Monday afternoon in Volusia County as strong storms passed through Central Florida, producing several suspected tornadoes.
At least 40 homes in the Terra Mar Village subdivision, located between Edgewater and Oak Hill, were damaged, according to Volusia County deputies. Some of the homes lost roofs, and trees and power lines were knocked down in the storm, officials said.
No serious injuries were reported, although two people suffered minor scratches that didn’t require medical attention, according to deputies.
The National Weather Service will examine the damage Tuesday morning to determine whether a tornado touched down.
Dustin and Daniele Giamo told Local 6 they lost all of their keepsakes from their wedding, except for a framed picture. Dustin Giamo said he had to crawl into his home to retrieve it.
A large oak tree fell on their home inside the Terra Mar Village, but the couple wasn't there when the storm came through.
"It's just going to be getting (the tree) out. Getting it out will be the hard part," he said.
The couple said their front door is propped up against the kitchen counter.
Meanwhile, Sharon Sanders' carport fell onto her brand new SUV.
"I'm still shaking. I've never seen anything like it," she said.
Sanders said she's still waiting to check her roof.
"It was just too dark to be able to assess the damage," she said.
"It sounded like a train," another resident said.
"Fortunately, we only have a few minor injuries there," said Pat Kuehn of Volusia County Fire Rescue. "Right now, we're calling it a significant wind event because we haven't confirmed it's a tornado."
According to deputies, other calls received in Volusia County included a "handful of reports of trees and power lines down, blown transformers (East Hancock Drive in Deltona and West International Speedway Boulevard/Fentress Boulevard in Daytona Beach) and traffic lights out (North Stone Street/West International Speedway Boulevard in DeLand and North US Highway 1/Wilmette Avenue, Ormond Beach)."
Video from Local 6 viewers also showed suspected tornadoes in Orange County and Brevard County, but no serious injuries were reported. A picture taken by Local 6 reporter Nicole Pesecky shows what appeared to be funnel cloud in the Ocoee/Apopka area. Law enforcement officials also reported seeing a funnel cloud in the Geneva area.
More severe weather is possible on Tuesday.
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