• Strong winds, heavy rains spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor lash Florida

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Strong winds and at least one reported tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor slashed through central and southwest Florida late Friday and early Saturday.

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    The National Weather Service reported an EF0 tornado touched down in Polk County, located between Tampa and Orlando, at 11:21 p.m. Friday, according to The Ledger of Lakeland.

    The twister hopped across Interstate 4 near Lakeland and caused a semitrailer truck to flip onto the top of an SUV, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

    In Pinellas County, strong winds damaged some mobile homes and knocked down power lines, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. No injuries were reported, Deputy Chuck Skipper told the Times.

    Roads were washed out in Florida's Panhandle as Nestor approached, WXTL reported.

    In southwest Florida, severe storms caused a roof to be blown off a home in Cape Coral on Saturday morning, WBBH reported.

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