EF-1 tornado leaves mile-long trail of damage in NW Cape Coral

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Tornado touchdown in NW Cape Coral (Credit: Cape Coral Fire Department)

A tornado rips through northwest Cape Coral Saturday morning, with winds peaking at around 95 miles per hour and leaving a mile-long trail of damage. Fortunately, nobody was hurt by the storm.

There are several pieces of broken glass and damaged furniture lining the inside of a northwest Cape Coral home. The effects from high winds from the tornado has made it unlivable. But those inside during the storm are left unscathed.

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay has confirmed that a tornado, classified as an EF-1, touched down around 6:47 a.m. EF-1 had an estimated peak wind speed of 95 mph. Reporter Breana Ross did a walkthrough of a house severely damaged by the tornado:

As the video shows, there were significant damages within the house, including a BBQ thrown into the living room. But that was not the only house with losses. The NWS said at least 18 homes were damaged, ranging in severity. But, no injuries have been reported.

Dana Dineen told WINK News he was woken up by horrifying sounds. “It sounded kind of like a concrete truck or a dump truck mixed with thunder,” he said. “I mean, it was really, really loud.”

Candy Payne was out on her porch while it was still dark out. Then, she heard the tornado barreling nearby. “It sounded like a train came through the yard,” she said. “As soon as it got daylight, I went in to pour myself a cup of coffee and looked out the front window and, ‘oh, my god!’ The neighbor’s house got trashed. Their lanai got torn down.”

Other neighbors had bad luck, too. A car was thrown from across the street. It is completely smashed and totaled. Close by, surveillance video from a nearby house shows the tornado as it causes some destruction:

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