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WATCH: EF-2 Tornado Touch Down in Florida

12 Jan 2016, 4:53 pm

A strong tornado damaged nearly 200 homes and injured three people in Cape Coral, Florida on Saturday evening, and on Sunday the National Weather Service rated the twister as an EF-2.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Tampa, Florida assessed the tornado, which took place just before 7pm EST on Saturday night, and confirmed a tornado tracked over three miles through the city of Cape Coral, damaging 178 homes with winds estimated as high as 132 miles-per-hour (MPH). Three people were injured by the storm, according to the NWS, but there were no reported fatalities.

A Red Cross shelter was open as of Sunday evening at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, according to WBBH-TV in Fort Myers.

At one point on Saturday night, 7,000 customers saw their power knocked out by the ferocious storm, which also produced a 68 MPH wind gust in nearby Fort Myers.

Cooler conditions should limit the chances for any significant severe weather across the region over the next few days, however scattered showers and thunderstorms will linger across south Florida from Tuesday through Thursday. Little or no severe weather is expected from these possible storms.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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