Tornado damage in another St. Petersburg neighborhood, cleanup under way

11:59 AM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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Water spout turning into tornado. Photo courtesy Erik Reinbolt.


St. Petersburg, Florida - Residents in another St. Petersburg neighborhood are dealing with cleanup after a tornado tore through on Monday night. At least two homes we damaged along Mortola Drive. The tornado started as a water spout.

In one case, the twister tore off a home's carport. The owner Tuesday said he heard all the wind, but didn't know what happened to his home at first.

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"I was a little surprised yes. It could've been a lot worse," said Bud Brock.

The house next door was also damaged. The tornado destroyed the front porch and also toppled a large tree.

"It had come across here and ripped all the awnings off of everything. Looked over here and all the awnings were flying. It was so quick. It was within 30, 40 seconds," said neighbor, Dave Kirlis.

The tornado also caused some damage to houses along 87th Avenue North. It threw a trampoline and also ripped apart a boat dock.

This is the second time in the last week a waterspout has been spotted in the Bay area.  Last Wednesday a waterspout formed right between the Howard Frankland and Gandy bridges.  

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Luckily, that particular waterspout stayed over water, and there were no reports of damage or injuries. 

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