PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A tornado touched down in Charlotte County Friday morning, causing significant roof damage to a single family home and an apartment complex.
This happened in the area of Nuremberg Blvd. in Deep Creek.
Two other homes in the area sustained minor roof damage, as well as a convenience store and some nearby trees. Winds were estimated at 95 mph.
It was a rude awakening for Jada Webb, her husband, and ten year old son. "At about 5:40am, our ceiling fell in, right on top of us," she said.
Wind from a small tornado roared through the neighborhood this morning. Its path of damage was less than a mile long.
"My son was screaming and I grabbed him from the end of the bed, he had some white stuff in his mouth, from the insulation, he couldn't breathe, so I called 911 and then we realized that our roof, our ceiling was on top of us," Webb said.
The force of the wind snapped trees and tossed pieces of roof around like paper.
"We looked on our back porch and everything was moved from one side to the other," said neighbor TC Dorler.
90 year old George Dudley's house, which he just bought six months ago, got hit the hardest. But fire fighters had to wake him up: he was sound asleep during the storm.
"A big flash of light and a big noise and wind, and I had the bedroom door closed, so I thought it was over with in about 5 or 10 minutes. And I was woke up by the fire department, told me that my roof has caved in!" he said.
It's not the first time he's dealt with mother nature and lived to tell about it. He survived Hurricane Charley.
"My reaction was, I was already caught in one storm down here during the Charley hurricane, not another one! And it singled out my house!" he said.
It's estimated at least a dozen homes here received some type of damage, and mostly minor damage. Residents tell us the sound of that wind sounded like a freight train or a bowling ball.
The National Weather Service issued no warning for this. This was a very small tornado, and did not stay on the ground for a long period of time.
By the time it happened, it was over.