An early morning tornado that touched down in the Odessa area is being blamed for damage in Land O’ Lakes.
Kimberly Stringer, a Land O’ Lakes resident, said her family was getting ready for work and school this morning when they heard a “train” sound.
“My daughter and I ran and grabbed my son out of bed,” she wrote in an email to Patch. “We huddled in the bathroom until it passed.”
Stringer said her family is safe, but her Lake Padgett East home did take some damage, including the destruction of the pool enclosure.
“It was crazy,” she added.
Andrew McKaughan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office, said a tornado was reported on the ground in the Odessa area this morning. That tornado is likely the one that caused damage in Lake Padgett, he added.
“We haven’t sent anybody out (to investigate yet),” McKaughan said, adding the weather service does believe it was a tornado.
The Land O’ Lakes area remains under a tornado watch until 1 p.m. today, March 31. Central Hillsborough County is under a tornado warning, but that advisory isn’t expected to extend into Pasco, McKaughan said.
For more information on current weather conditions, visit the National Weather Service online at srh.noaa.gov/tbw.