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Twisters Cut Through Florida Neighborhoods

April 15, 1987

LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) _ A tornado tore a five- to six-mile path through houses and mobile homes in rural Central Florida today, while another twister sent a mobile home flying, authorities said.

No injuries were reported to sheriff’s offices in the twisters in Sumter and Lake counties.

In Lake County, a mobile home was lifted from its pad, said sheriff’s spokesman Joe Stephany.

″The initial report was that a house disappeared at the Southern Aire mobile home park, but I think we’ve found that,″ he said.

″We’re trying to sort it out right now,″ he added. ″I’m sure some of the mobile homes are very severly damagd.″

Damage was spread over a wider area in Sumter County.

″There has been severe damage for about a five- or six-mile stretch,″ Deputy Mary Virga reported from the Bevilles Corner area, which is about 60 miles northeast of Tampa. ″Several mobile homes have been destroyed. Homes have been damaged. Major roads are passable at this time. However, there are numerous county roads that are impassable. Power is out in a number of areas.″

The sheriff’s office in neighboring Citrus County sent a helicopter over to check damage in an area of isolated houses, Ms. Virga said.

A command center was set up at an American Legion post that was without electricity, but a generator was brought in to power emergency radios and a telephone.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service posted a tornado warning for Orange and Lake counties and reported heavy thunderstorms moving through the Tampa Bay area.

Tampa Bay area residents were warned to expect heavy rain and possibly some hail.