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Pasco sees fire, rain

Heavy rain, high water and a tornado wreaked havoc in Pasco County on Saturday.

At least one tornado reportedly touched down in two West Pasco communities as a mass of turbulent weather continued to drench the North Suncoast.

No injuries were immediately reported in Pasco, but witnesses said that oak trees and a satellite dish were uprooted and a mobile home was overturned in the Moon Lake and Hudson regions. Fred Murphy of the county's Disaster Preparedness agency confirmed that the violent storms sheared through the areas around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Winds fanned a fire at a Perkins Family Restaurant in Bayonet Point. Damage was estimated at $200,000. Story, Page 3

Elsewhere, constant showers led to widespread flooding on various streets, and one lane of U.S. 19 traffic was blocked by high water near the Pithlachascotee River bridge.

For complete coverage of the storm's effects on Tampa Bay, see Section A.

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