Tornado touches down in Charlotte County, elderly man displaced from home

12:54 PM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
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Officials say a tornado in Charlotte County seriously damaged this home, displacing its elderly resident.



Port Charlotte, Florida -- The National Weather Service says Friday morning's storms included a tornado that touched down in the Deep Creek area of Charlotte County, near Punta Gorda.

One home in the vicinity of Nuremberg Boulevard was seriously damaged, while several other buildings had minor damage.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the tornado damage

Officials say the 93-year-old man who lived in the home is being assisted by American Red Cross Disaster volunteers, and is currently staying with neighbors.

The NWS says the EF-1 tornado touched down at about 5:45 a.m., with winds estimated at 95 mph.

The tornado also damaged a nearby convenience store on Rio De Janeiro Avenue at Rampart Boulevard and caused a ceiling collapse in one unit of a condo at 2103 Royal Tern Circle. A couple and their 10-year-old son were not hurt.

The American Red Cross is helping with housing for the family. Emergency Operations spokeswoman Dee Hawkins says no one was injured during the storm.

The majority of the damage is small, trees and wires down and minor damage to buildings. Charlotte County officials are reporting that power lines and trees are down in the area.

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