Death and destruction as tornado hits Florida

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Severe weather is blamed for two deaths in Manatee County, Florida, the National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay office said Sunday.The victims lived in a mobile home, CNN affiliate WFLA reported. Four children — the victims’ grandchildren — were injured, WFLA said.

At least two tornadoes struck in Manatee and Sarasota counties, the affiliate reported.

“Most of the damage is in Duette, which is in the far eastern border of Manatee County,” county spokesman Nick Azzara told CNN. “That is believed to be where the tornado touched down and lifted a trailer. That’s where the family was where the fatalities are.”

Azzara said the trailer was on its own lot “with no homes for miles around.”

Some 3,000 people remain without power in Manatee County, he said.

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