OCALA, Fla. – Survey crews with the National Weather Service say they have found damage consistent with an EF-1 tornado in Marion County, Florida after lines of severe storms moved across the Southeast on Saturday.
The NWS said damage from the first report of the tornado was found near Dunnellon, where a large billboard was knocked over, and siding was peeled off a building.
More damage was found on Ocala's southern and eastern sides, where several trees were uprooted, power lines were downed, and several residents, including apartment buildings, suffered damage.
The tornado touched down around 7:48 a.m., 1 mile to the west of Dunnellon and was on the ground for around 25 miles before lifting back into the air east of Ocala around 8:15 a.m.
Luckily, no injuries were reported.
The NWS says the tornado had winds around 110 mph and was about 200 yards wide.
Damage reports from severe storms stretched from Florida to North Carolina, with strong, damaging winds being the main culprit.
Ocala was one of the hardest-hit areas, which is where the EF-1 tornado went through Saturday morning.
Photos show snapped trees, roof damage to homes, and at least one 18-wheeler knocked over by a severe storm.
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At the height of the storms, nearly 50,000 utility customers were without power across the Sunshine State.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management said they were supporting local authorities to clean up after the system, and the governor declared a state of emergency for several counties to facilitate clean-up.
The Red Cross opened a shelter for victims displaced by the storms in North Central Florida.
Further down the state, beachgoers in Fort Myers were surprised by a waterspout that moved ashore on Saturday morning.
Despite the severe weather, there were no immediate reports of significant injuries.
The stormy weather moved off the East Coast, leaving windy and cool conditions.
Gusts of more than 50 mph were reported behind the front.
Winds died down overnight, allowing temperatures to drop into record low territory.