Funnel cloud flips semitruck in Manatee County, troopers say


MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – A funnel cloud flipped a semitruck Sunday and left damage in the area of Interstate 275 at the 7.5 mile marker.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Randall Leaver, 56, of Wesley Chapel, was driving a U.S. Postal contractor semitruck north on I-275 near the 7.5 mile marker when a funnel cloud coming from the west crossed the highway, lifting the truck and turning it on its right side. The truck was picked up again and placed upright by the funnel cloud.

Troopers said Leaver remained in the truck and did not suffer any injuries.

A nearby construction site was damaged, a small boat was overturned and multiple signs were knocked over at the same time.