Rainy Remnants of Rina Spawn Tornado in Florida

November 1, 2011

The National Weather Service says the remnants of Tropical Storm Rina dumping rain across Florida spawned a weak tornado that briefly touched down on the state’s Atlantic coast.

Officials said Sunday that the tornado touched down Saturday morning in Hobe Sound with maximum winds of 65 to 70 mph. The roof of a mobile home was ripped off and blown 50 yards away, a large palm tree was uprooted and several other homes sustained minor damage. The trail of damage was just a tenth of a mile long.

Photos aired on local television stations showed small trees blown over and carports caved in.

No serious injuries were reported.

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