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Strong Storms Move Through Lake County & Sanford, Damaging Homes And Downing Trees

A building in the Groveland/Mascotte area of Lake County was damaged after a strong storm moved through the area Thursday morning. Photo: Lake County Emergency Management
A building in the Groveland/Mascotte area of Lake County was damaged after a strong storm moved through the area Thursday morning. Photo: Lake County Emergency Management

A possible tornado damaged several homes and knocked down trees and power lines as storms crossed central Florida.

Lake County Emergency Management says multiple structures were damaged and one home was destroyed as severe storms moved through the area Thursday morning.

The most substantial damage was in the Groveland area where a roof was destroyed, and many trees were knocked down. Lake County inmate workers are cleaning up storm debris at the Tuscanooga Baptist Church near Groveland.

The National Weather Service will send a team Friday to the area to asses assess if a tornado touched down.

In Seminole County, the Central Florida Zoo says it was hit by strong storms – all the animals are safe, but two of the zoo’s attractions are closed due to significant tree damage.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program.

Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.