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Tornado touches down in Pasco

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 1, 2005

[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
Bay Area Maintenance & Tree Care employee Gary Scherer uses a chainsaw to clear a tree that fell on the front of a house in Lake Padgett Estates after a tornado swept through Land O'Lakes late Tuesday night.
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A small tornado skipped through Land O'Lakes late Tuesday night, damaging roofs, cutting power and tearing trees out by the roots at homes and business along U.S. 41. The National Weather Service says the storm was rated as a high F0 or a low F1 on the Fujuita scale. Maximum winds for an F0 are 72 mph, while an F1 packs winds of between 73 and 112 mph.

Residents said the storm hit about 11:30 p.m.

"It was a loud whistle. It seemed like the windows, the whole house was shaking," said Pat Mullis, a 32-year resident of Lake Padgett Estates.

Hard hit was Superior Sheds, where the storm picked up the merchandise scattered it across the lot like toys. One home lost its screened pool enclosure, yet the hanging plants next door were left untouched.

That the storm arrived on the first day of hurricane season wasn't lost on those who were hit.

"We weathered five hurricanes - nothing. Then in five minutes, this," Mullis said.

[Last modified June 1, 2005, 11:36:02]

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