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WATCH: Stormy Weather Hits Central Florida– Confirmed Tornado & Flooding in Vero Beach

18 May 2016, 10:35 am


(WeatherNation Affiliate WPEC Florida)- A line of strong storms has led to wind damage, flooding and power outages in South Florida Tuesday afternoon.

A woman driving south on Interstate 95 spotted a funnel cloud near Okeechobee Road in St. Lucie County.

Cheryl Pastrana told CBS12 that she and her boyfriend were driving to Miami from Orlando when they saw the funnel cloud drop out of the sky.

“It kept getting closer to the ground,” said Pastrana. “We started flipping out because it got closer.”

Pastrana said if the funnel touched the ground it would’ve caused a lot of damage from her standpoint.

CBS12 viewer Mike C shared video of the same funnel cloud on Facebook.

The St. Lucie County Fire District reported a tornado near Lakewood Park in Fort Pierce.

CBS12 reporter Cory Pippin is there, sharing video of the scene.

One woman, 96 years old, had the back of her home ripped off in the storm.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting major flooding, especially at 12th Street and 34th Avenue in Vero Beach.

The St. Lucie Public School District is making changes due to the severe weather. The district issued this statement:

St. Lucie Public Schools is currently in the process of staging buses en route with students at the nearest school site in order to move them into safe and secure environments. Transport will resume once the tornado warning has been lifted for our area.

All outdoor after school activities have been cancelled this evening with the exception of the PSLHS graduation scheduled for 7 PM at Adams Arena.

The district just gave an update about Tuesday’s graduation ceremony for Port St. Lucie High school. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

There will be no classes at Vero Beach High School on Wednesday due to water damage.

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