Tornadoes touch down near Sanford, DeLand, Ocala

Strong storms rip through Orlando area

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three tornadoes touched down Monday in Central Florida as severe weather moved across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS Jacksonville office said an EF-0 tornado, with winds of 85 mph, touched down, along Interstate 75 at mile marker 340 near Ocala. The NWS said the tornado’s intermittent path was more than 11 miles long.

Weather officials said the storm lifted a stationary construction trailer and snapped numerous trees before touching back down along Sapphire Run at SE Maricamp Road near Silver Springs Shores, where it caused minor roof and window damage.

“In case you were or you are stuck in traffic on I-75 southbound, here is what is going on,” Marion County sheriff’s officials posted earlier on Facebook. “The storm that just whipped through Marion County caused trees and debris to land across I-75 southbound near marker 340, which is just south of the Highway 484 exit. At this time, I-75 southbound has two lanes closed while workers are trying to clear the trees and debris.”

Meanwhile, NWS in Melbourne said tornadoes touched down near Sanford and DeLand.

Seminole County officials tweeted video of a tornado south of the Boombah Sports Complex in Sanford.

Video shared with News 6 by Ryan Bowser shows what appears to be a funnel cloud over the south side of Lake Jesup.

Juan Rios, a News 6 viewer in the Sanford area, shared the following video with News 6, which shows a dark sky with large storm clouds and heavy rainfall.

There were also reports of downed trees and power lines in DeLand.

Power lines were toppled near South Florida Avenue and New Street, and a blown transformer ignited a tree at Arizona Avenue and Stone Street.

“That was an insane storm. Hope everyone is OK,” DeLand city officials tweeted.

No injuries were reported in the region.

High temperatures will be near 90 degrees. The average high on this date is 83. The record highs is 96, set in 1908.

Tuesday and Wednesday will see highs in the upper 80s under sunny skies.

Rain chances return at 40% Thursday.

Highs stay in the mid- to upper 80s from Friday through the weekend, with rain chances at 30-40%.

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From chasing tornadoes and tracking the tropics, to forecasting ice storms and other dangerous weather, Troy Bridges has covered it all! Troy is an award-winning meteorologist who always prepares you for the day ahead on the News 6 Morning News.