TITUSVILLE, Fla. - The National Weather Service now believes a small tornado touched down in Titusville over the weekend, causing flooding in some areas and severe damage to several homes.
Cellphone and home surveillance videos have been reviewed by the NWS, which confirmed a tornado touched down on Sunday.
"We've seen winds of 65-75 mph from the thunderstorm, west to east," said Scott Spratt of the NWS. "Talking to residents, we see evidence of a brief tornado touchdown in that overall swath of winds."
Over the weekend, Brevard County residents could be seen pushing their stalled cars out of nearly knee-high water as other drivers slowly made their way through the flooded streets.
Police blocked off Garden Street near Brown Avenue because of high water, but flooding wasn’t the only issue throughout the city. Homeowners quickly began the clean up after winds whipped through Sunday afternoon.
"It was a funnel. It was a turning," said resident Mary Lingle.
The strong winds ripped a section off one family's roof in Titusville. John Reed said he grabbed a sheet and quickly nailed it to his roof to stop more water from pouring into his home.
“My sliders just started screaming, like whistling. I looked and everything is blowing and next thing I know I got water pouring on the inside,” Reed said. “I went up into the attic and you can see my roof is missing.”
Reed said the wind tore off another
three-foot section of his roof into his backyard.
Three homes suffered moderate damage, officials said
. Many other residents were left to clean up debris on Monday.