Tornado tears through Manasota Key


CHARLOTTE COUNTY- A tornado ripped through parts of North Beach Road in Charlotte County leaving a path of destruction.
Smashed windows, roofless homes and trees uprooted everywhere is the scene at Manasota Key in Charlotte County today.
An E-F 1 tornado whisked onto the beach and over Desoto Road and other streets.
Hundreds were without power early Tuesday. Charlotte County Fire and EMS Public Education Coordinator Dee Hawkins Garland says no injuries are reported, but there’s a lot of structural damage.
The National Weather Service says the two tornados were short lived. But Charlotte County was never under a tornado warning.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.