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Tornado confirmed in Riverview (w/video)

RIVERVIEW — A tornado with winds of up to 85 mph touched down Friday in Riverview, the National Weather Service said.

Residents near Colonial Estates Lane reported seeing a funnel cloud Friday afternoon as severe weather swept through.

Several homes near Colonial Estates Lane suffered wind damage to trees, boats and fences, said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Crews went door to door to check on residents. All were offered American Red Cross assistance, but none accepted. No injuries were reported.

Thomas Suggs' Colonial Estates Lane home was not damaged in the storm, but damage to several neighbors' homes was "sufficient," he said.

Three or four homes to the south of his, and another two or three to the north, were damaged, he said. The windows on three of a neighbor's vehicles were broken, and some homes had holes in the roof, he said. He also saw significant damage to boats and fences.

Suggs said some debris from neighbors' yards ended up in his trees, but his own fences and lanai remained standing.

"We were spared," he said.

The area was hit by a large thunderstorm, with heavy rain, intense wind and lightning typical of summer storms, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure.

"When they pop up, you know," McClure said.

About 7 p.m., after a severe storm warning had expired, Tampa Electric reported 1,106 costumers affected by a power outage in east Hillsborough.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Tornado confirmed in Riverview (w/video) 05/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 10:57pm]
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