Funnel cloud spotted in Titusville
UPDATED 7:58 PM EDT Mar 24, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. —Severe storms left behind a trail of damage Sunday in Central Florida and thousands were left without power.
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About 40,000 people lost power in the Orlando area early Sunday evening, according to Progress Energy and Orlando Utilities Commission, and Orlando police said traffic signals at more than 100 intersections weren't working.
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A wind gust of 86 mph was recorded at Orlando International Airport. The conditions led to the postponement of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, which will resume at 10 a.m. Monday.
Tornado warnings were issued for several counties throughout the day, but those have since expired.
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The last tornado warning expired in Brevard County about 3:30 p.m. The National Weather Service reported a funnel cloud in Titusville with estimated wind gusts at 60 mph and quarter-sized hail. Large tree limbs were knocked down and minor roof damage was reported at four homes.
James Lessard said he heard what sounded like a tornado.
"The saying about a freight train, it's true. I heard the freight train noise, and that's when I yelled to my wife and the kids, 'Get in the bathroom. Get in the tub,'" said Lessard.