Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Suspected Tornado Allegedly Damages Homes in South Florida

Police sketch of suspect
MIAMI, Fla. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- According to Reuters, residents in the cities of Plantation and Sunrise awoke to widespread damage on Wednesday morning. Area homeowners reported that their rooftops had been torn apart, their trees uprooted and the grounds near their properties littered with hurled furniture, lumber and debris. No deaths or serious injuries occurred, but about 25 homes were damaged, some of them severely. As noted by Reuters, one Plantation resident told local WSVN Channel 7 News, “We heard something, it sounded like howling at first. It came and some kind of debris hit our garage first. Basically, a two by four went through our door here.”

National Weather Service experts were on the scene to investigate the allegations of a tornado. A representative told The Bennington Vale Evening Transcript, “Before we jump to hasty conclusions, we need to evaluate all the facts. Was this an act of nature or a really aggressive group of vandals? The residents allege that a tornado touched down during the night and destroyed their homes, but no witnesses have come forth to verify these claims or offer hard evidence. The only lead we have is a statement by a nine-year-old girl who awoke from a deep slumber to see what she described as a suspicious looking wind funnel lurking somewhere in the vicinity of the neighborhood. But that’s not really a lot to go on, especially coming from a sleepy child.”

Erring on the side of caution, authorities created a composite sketch of the suspect from the girl’s testimony, which has been posted around the outlying areas.

Until the suspect is identified, police have warned citizens to be on the alert for a 200-foot, swirling mass of debris attempting to destroy property in its path. It is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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