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High winds damage Hernando homes


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BROOKSVILLE - High winds damaged several mobile homes in Hernando County on Friday afternoon.

The High Point Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 9100 block of Highpoint Boulevard shortly after 3 p.m.

Winds bent car ports, tore off pieces of metal and caused roof damage. No injuries were reported, said High Point Chief Joe Curcio.

Nancy Melvin, who lives at 9106 High Point Blvd., said she returned home right before the intense winds touched down, causing a small hole in the roof over her kitchen.

"It was like a roar," Melvin said. "Then it was gone. It was a quick, loud roar like you always hear about tornadoes."

Melvin said neighbors came to check on her and nearby homes, which also were damaged.

Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll said at about the same time, Hernando County Fire/Rescue responded to calls of a possible tornado in the area of Salina Street and Hexam Road that traveled to Bailey Hill Road, about seven miles from High Point.

There were no injuries, Carroll said, though trees were down and power outages were reported, as well as damage to a screen porch.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Rodney Wynn on Friday said there was no official confirmation of a tornado, and the winds likely were associated with thunderstorms.

"Nothing indicated a tornado on radar," Wynn said, adding the tornado might be confirmed if seen and reported by a weather spotter or law enforcement officer.

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