At least two people have died after severe thunderstorms ripped through the state of Florida.
Sarasota County appears to have bore the brunt of Mother Nature’s fury as Tampa’s WTSP reports how four tornadoes struck the area early Sunday morning.
.@WFLA Major Storm damage in Sarasota pic.twitter.com/NIYRMdFP2S
— Eagle 8 WFLA (@8_plamison) January 17, 2016
The heavy rains and strong winds came on the back of a Saturday storm warning from the National Weather Service.
Timing of overnight tornado risk for parts of Florida. Alerts: https://t.co/VtJsiUfbBg https://t.co/1NQyprVmhK #flwx pic.twitter.com/RvQTqly4qU
— WUSF (@wusf) January 16, 2016
Forecasters initially appeared to underestimate the “slight risk” of wild weather before issuing a warning about multiple tornadoes.
A man and a woman were killed after powerful winds destroyed a mobile home in Duette, Manatee County,BayNews9 reported.
Four children were also injured in the collapse.
Images of badly damaged homes and condominiums have been shared across social media showing the destruction caused by winds of up to 70 mph.
#Breaking Storm damage @ Crystal Sands on #SiestaKey Check out the pool wall made of cement blocks destroyed @SNNTV pic.twitter.com/wLyglulHpv
— KellyRitenourTV (@kelly_ritenour) January 17, 2016
Sarasota county firefighters pulled a woman out of damaged house. Now actively looking for families' pet pic.twitter.com/KIMomLjGzG
— Omar Delgado FOX 13 (@FOX13Omar) January 17, 2016