Tornadoes hopscotched all over Pinellas County Saturday, killing two people near Pinellas Park and injuring an unknown number in mid-Pinellas County. Homes lost their roofs in Dunedin, and drivers on U.S. 19 near Clearwater Mall saw debris rain from the sky.
The twisters swept in from the Gulf of Mexico, touching down first in Pinellas' beach communities, then heading inland. In their wake, they left mobile homes demolished and businesses crushed.
"It was scary, like watching the Wizard of Oz," said Robin Hansen of Pinellas Park. "We saw things flying around and heard metal screeching."
As of Saturday afternoon, county officials had confirmed two people were dead _ one in the Park Royale Mobile Home Park, 10611 66th St. N in Pinellas Park, and one next door to it. They were still searching the rubble elsewhere for other casualties. Identities of the two were not available.
No estimate of the number of people injured was available Saturday afternoon.
Torrential rains left area streets flooded and forced the cancellation of much of the Rails to Trails celebration scheduled for the Pinellas Trail.
Above, two people walking down West Bay Drive in Largo walk past some damage. At right, debris litters the Travel World RV Park at U.S. 19 and 126th Avenue N in Pinellas Park.