Authorities are assessing the damage after a tornado with winds up to 135 mph touched down in Cape Coral.
Cape Coral Police spokesman Dana Coston couldn’t say how many homes were damaged when the tornado hit Saturday night, but said a roughly 12-square mile area was affected. No one was killed and only a few minor injuries were reported.
“We have numerous power lines down, we have numerous homes that have been damaged,” he said.
News and witness photos showed cars tipped over, a roof nearly torn off and large trees and street signs scattered across residents’ yards.
At one point, nearly 10,000 were without power but that number was already down to about 1,500, Coston said. More than 100 fire rescue personnel went door to door to check on residents and assess the damage.
Kelly Anderson told The News-Press it started out as a windy evening and then suddenly everything started to rattle and shake so she sought cover in the bathroom.
“Within minutes everything let loose. I heard glass behind me shattering everywhere,” she said.
She emerged to find windows and doors strewn across her living room and kitchen.
“The truck literally flew from the driveway to the backyard and the boat landed on top of it and I’m just very surprised that everybody inside that house is safe,” she said of one home.
She said another neighbor’s homes appeared to be totally destroyed. The owners didn’t appear to be in town, she said.
The Red Cross opened a shelter at a local school for residents unable to return home.
SOURCE: The Associated Press