Friday night storm causes wind damage
Heavy winds caused damage to several homes and other structures in Cape Coral Friday evening, possibly the result of a tornado or waterspout, city spokeswoman Connie Barron said.
“We had a report that possibly a tornado or a funnel cloud may have touched down in the southeast part of the city,” Barron said. “It appears at least at this time that it was a pretty serious waterspout that went through the area at a six or seven minute time interval.”
Barron said calls started coming in at 6:28 p.m. and by 6:38 p.m. callers were describing the end of a weak waterspout.
“They could still see the waterspout rotating, but not the funnel associated with it,” Barron said.
A traffic signal at major intersection, Diplomat Parkway and Del Prado Boulevard, was out, Barron said, and construction cones in the area had been blown around causing drivers to enter the wrong lanes.
The wind caused damage to screens of a home in the 1700 block of Southeast 40th Street, tore shingles and plywood from a home in the 900 block of Southeast 40th Street, downed some trees and blew other debris and put down a power line, Barron said.
Barron said city officials were working to fix any damage and that firefighters had helped protect the home that shingles blown off from any additional wind damage.
Source: Reprinted with permission of the Naples Daily News