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2 dead, several hurt when tornadoes hit Florida overnight

2 dead, several hurt when tornadoes hit Florida overnight

Severe weather sparked a pair of tornadoes that ripped through central Florida before dawn Sunday, officials said. A couple was killed and their son and four grandchildren were injured when one of the twisters destroyed their mobile home.

The National Weather Service in Ruskin, Florida, said a tornado touched down in the town of Duette in Manatee County at 3:45 a.m. Minutes later, another twister struck near the beach community of Siesta Key in Sarasota County.

Rodney Wynn, a NWS meteorologist, said a survey team determined that Duette, about 50 miles southeast of Tampa, was struck by a category EF2 tornado, with winds of between 111 mph and 135 mph. Teams were still...

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