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Weather Service Says Tornado Struck Umatilla

The last of a tree that fell on Central Florida man's home. Photo by Amy Green, WMFE

The National Weather Service says it was a tornado that plowed through Umatilla on Sunday, peeling back roofs and snapping trees.

That doesn’t surprise Teddy Spann, who lives in the area.

“Well, you can see the way it came from. It came from that way right there, and it just took that tree and slammed it into the back of the house and leveled everything. The pool in the back of the house, and the screen, just destroyed everting.”

The twister struck hours before Irma, forging a trail of destruction from Spann’s neighborhood to North Lake Community Park, the Umatilla Inn and Restaurant and finally an elementary school.

Winds reached 100 miles an hour. No injuries were reported.


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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »