EF-1 tornado caused more than $870K in property damage, officials say

ORLANDO, Fla. — A tornado was spotted in downtown Orlando Saturday evening after severe storms were reported in the area.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado moved through Orlando, with winds reaching 100 mph to 105 mph.

An official said it started as a waterspout on Lake Conway around 7:20 p.m. and lifted near Lake Lawsona at 7:32 p.m.

The Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office said it assessed 40 sites near the intersection of Lake Margaret Drive and Ferncreek Avenue. The assessment revealed more than $870,000 in property damages.

Officials said the Lake Margaret Village Apartments sustained an estimated $313,000 in damages to its 10 buildings.

Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry spotted a tornado live on air Saturday near the SoDo District in downtown Orlando.

Read: Tornado warnings issued throughout Central Florida

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Skywitness 9 flew over the storm damage Sunday morning. Several houses were damaged by the storm’s strong winds.

A house’s roof was even torn off due to high winds.

A viewer sent in video of the waterspout as it traveled over Little Lake Conway.

Channel 9 reporter Chris Heath spotted a tree that hit a garage and car near Lake Emerald Park.

He said no one was hurt but many tree branches were down and power was out for the area.

Orange County Fire Rescue said about 30 to 50 families were displaced by the storm.

Anyone who needs assistance is asked to go to the Red Cross headquarters at 5 N. Bumby Ave.




Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.