A tornado reportedly touched down near the town of Mascotte in Lake County, central Florida early Thursday morning, January 24, 2019.
Lake County Sheriff's Office said at least one home was destroyed and several others were damaged after a what appears to be a tornado touched down in the area of Tuscanooga Road and Honeycut Road around 05:40 EST (09:40 UTC).
Fire Chief said one home and at least 8 other structures sustained minimum to moderate damage, including Tuscanooga Baptist Church and cemetery after at least one tree fell down.
**STORM DAMAGE** @LCSOAlerts reporting homes destroyed in Lake County, FL in the town of Mascotte from a storm that moved through this morning. The threat for tornadoes and severe weather continues across the Sunshine State this morning #flwx. pic.twitter.com/37xD4heNqc— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) January 24, 2019
Traffic Alert *** Be advise that there was a report of a tornado that touched down in the area of Tuscanooga Road and Honeycut Road in Mascotte . There are powerlines and trees down in the road. Please avoid this area and choose an alternate route.— LCSO Alerts (@LCSOAlerts) January 24, 2019
Media Staging area will be at Tuscanooga Rd at Honeycutt Rd. There are some homes destroyed but no reported deaths at this time. pic.twitter.com/7S0igiWuMO— LCSO Alerts (@LCSOAlerts) January 24, 2019
Tuscanooga Baptist Church and cemetery damage pic.twitter.com/L8Rpm1SCD6— Lake County EM (@lakeemergency) January 24, 2019
Appears to have been a small #meteotsunami (https://t.co/wQp7ru4zza https://t.co/qs9nUmOeGM) w/the squall line earlier this morning on the west coast of the Florida peninsula (h/t @gdimeweather).. Here are plots of observations, and radar with obs site at the dot #flwx pic.twitter.com/EYvm3IW4Wy— Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) January 24, 2019
A line of #severe t-storms in central FL has already produced a gust to 65 mph at Sarasota. Potential for downed trees or tree limbs with this line through the morning. Interactive radar/warnings: https://t.co/qgZ9IyLXxS #flwx pic.twitter.com/NVbUKpXxew— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) January 24, 2019
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued tornado and severe thunderstorm advisories and warnings but the damage survey is still not over and this tornado is still unconfirmed.
Featured image credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office
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