Strong tornadoes hit north and central Florida this morning, causing at least 14 deaths. The death toll is expected to rise, since authories haven't
yet been able to get to all affected areas. Lake County may have been the hardest hit area.
ORLANDO - At least 14 people died and many others were injured as a vicious swarm of thunderstorms and tornadoes ripped through Central and Northeast
Florida this morning, attacking under cover of darkness and persisting deep into the day, authorities said.
Tornadoes or apparent tornadoes were reported near Frostproof in Polk County, near Wildwood in Sumter County, near Weirsdale in Marion County and in
rural Lake County.
Christopher Patton, a spokesman for Lake County, reportedly confirmed 11 deaths in the town of Paisley and three in Lady Lake, about 50 miles north of
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This sounds like a particularly deadly storm, causing most damage very early in the morning when most people were sleeping. Significant structures
such as well built homes, churches and shopping centers have been practicallly leveled, so this isn't just an issue with trailer parks and other
especially vulnerable structures.
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