Police report tornado damage in Ocala

Buildings, vehicles damaged

The Ocala Police Department on Saturday reported damage to multiple buildings and vehicles. (Ocala Police Department)

Multiple buildings and vehicles in the area of State Road 200 near Interstate 75 were damaged due to a tornado, the Ocala Police Department said Saturday.

No injuries were immediately reported, police said.

S.R. 200 from Southwest 38 Court to SW 43 Street Road were blocked.

Police said there was also building damage at a nearby apartment complex on Southwest 41st Street.

“Beware of downed power lines and treat intersections with non-functional traffic lights as a four-way stop sign,” the Police Department said.

UPDATE: SR 200 is now open. UPDATE: The lanes on SR 200 are still blocked. There is additional building damage at...

Posted by Ocala Police Department on Saturday, March 12, 2022

A tornado watch was in effect for Marion County and other Northeast Florida counties on Sunday morning but has since expired.

In the same area, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, a crash involving two tractor-trailers occurred Saturday morning on northbound I-75 at S.R. 200.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Division of Emergency Management has activated the Citizen Information Line for those who were impacted by the severe weather and have questions or needed information. Residents can call 352-369-7500 until 9 p.m., and further availability of the line will be announced in the coming days.

Additionally, blue tarps have been made available to those who were impacted by the severe weather. Those can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office Multi-Purpose Room (attached to the County Jail visitation center) located at 3300 NW 10th Street in Ocala.

The American Red Cross is also set up at the Sheriff’s Office Multi-Purpose Room. The Red Cross will be there to provide assistance or guidance for those that have been impacted by the severe weather.