Videos show tornadoes ripping across Southwest Florida, causing damage

A reported tornado touching down in Collier County. (Collier County Sheriff's Office)

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Dash camera video from a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser reportedly captured a tornado crossing Interstate 75 on Sunday morning.

It was one of multiple tornadoes that touched down in Southwest Florida on Sunday.

The dashcam video, recorded around 9:30 a.m. in Collier County, appears to show a large funnel cloud crossing the highway as strong storms moved across the area.

FHP said the winds from the tornado caused a semi-truck to flip on its side, but FHP said the driver only suffered minor injuries and is expected to be ok.

FHP asked drivers to monitor weather conditions as storms move across the state and to be safe.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office also shared video recorded around the same time that showed a tornado.

The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was driving near Marco Island when he saw a tornado traveling north toward U.S. 41.

The deputy then turned on his emergency lights, made a U-turn at the traffic signal and followed the tornado at a safe distance to ensure that motorists in the area were aware of it, the Sheriff’s Office said. The tornado then crossed over U.S. 41 and began to dissipate.

It’s unclear if it caused any damage in the area.

Local media reported that multiple tornadoes touched down in Southwest Florida on Sunday morning.

Officials in Lee County said about 7,000 homes were without power due to the storms and there were four reported injuries. Officials said 28 homes were destroyed in Lee County and at least 62 homes are not livable, WINK reported.


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