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The National Weather Service confirmed 2 EF2 tornados touched down in west central Florida early Sunday morning while many were asleep. One traveled 9 miles and destroyed this Florida mobile home and killed 2 people in Duette in Manatee County. The other EF2 tornado traveled 1 mile and heavily damaged homes and a condo complex in Siesta Key in Sarasota early Sunday morning, according to media reports.
The Duette tornado killed Steve and Kelli Wilson and injured 4 children in the mobile home, according to media reports. Governor Rick Scott also visited the victims and the storm-damaged areas. The weekend severe weather threat is over in Florida, but the tornadoes left many without power in storm-damaged areas.
Posted earlier Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016:
There are local news reports of tornado damage in Duette, a rural area of Manatee County and at Siesta Key in Sarasota County Sunday morning. The overnight tornado ripped off roof parts, collapsed ceilings, blew out windows in units and cars at a condo in Siesta Key in Sarasota County, according to WFLA-TV’s Paul Lamison. The tornado was deadly for two people and injured others at a mobile home in Duette, according to early news reports this morning. Residents in the damaged areas are waking up in shock and power is out in their area.
Some were awakened by tornado alerts on their mobile phones, but many were asleep when the severe storms that produced the damaging tornados in Manatee and Sarasota counties.