Strong Storm Takes off Part of Fla. Restaurant Roof

July 9, 2007

Meteorologists are reviewing radar data and videotapes to determine if a tornado tore off part of a restaurant roof during an intense weekend storm in Port Orange, Fla..

No one was hurt when the storm ripped off part of the roof at Aunt Catfish’s On the River Restaurant a few miles from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday evening. It also tore apart covered walkways at a nearby apartment complex.

“There definitely was a funnel cloud,” Scott Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne said Sunday. “The question is if it was able to touch down and do the damage or if it was a microburst.”

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