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LADY LAKE, Florida (CNN) -- Suspected tornadoes rocked central Florida residents out of bed early Friday, killing at least 14 people and ripping long swaths of destruction through neighborhoods, said Lake County spokesman Christopher Patton.
Many residents said they were unaware trouble was coming and didn't hear warning sirens.
The National Weather Service warned about the coming storm, which struck quickly in the middle of the night.
Some of the worst damage was reported in Lady Lake in Lake County. Mobile home parks were hit, including Sunshine Mobile Home Park in Lady Lake and another one near Spencer's Loop, the sheriff's off said.
A distraught young woman said a friend, a 17-year-old girl, was killed in one of the parks. "I'm so sorry. I really am," she said, adding that she used to wait for the bus with her every morning.
Tornado to be 1st assessed by new scale
A tornado that devastated central Florida will be the first categorized under a scale that went into effect Thursday, weather officials said.