Severe storms sweep across Southwest Florida

Posted at 2:40 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 15:29:12-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Four in Your Corner is staying on top of severe weather across Southwest Florida on Friday morning, causing weather officials to briefly post a tornado warning in Lee County.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch around 10:30am that included all of Southwest Florida and several counties across the state.  Then at 10:52, the weather service issued a Tornado Warning in central Lee County through 11:15am.

Around that time, one witness tells Fox 4 that they saw a tornado in Lee County, crossing McGregor Boulevard south of College Parkway.

Storm damage has been reported throughout several communities, from McGregor to Lehigh Acres.  This less than a week after another powerful twister tore through southwest Cape Coral, leaving a trail of destruction which many residents are still coming to grips with.

Fox 4's Malcom Johnson reported on heavy tree damage in the Pine Manor area.

Reporter Stephanie Tinoco showed us a damaged business on McGregor Boulevard, and found structures damaged in the South Pointe West condos.

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Weather officials lifted the Tornado Watch in Charlotte, DeSoto, Highlands, and Lee counties around 12:30pm.  The Tornado Watch for Collier and Palm Beach counties was cancelled at 2:45pm.

According to Florida Power and Light, as of 2:30pm, approximately 7300 Collier County and 8700 Lee County customers are without power from the storms.

LCEC reports about 350 customers without power around 3pm.