At least two people are dead near Sarasota after tornadoes and severe thunderstorms crossed central and South Florida in the early morning hours of Sunday.
Tornado damage was reported in Siesta Key and Duette early on Sunday morning between 3-4 a.m. EST. The Associated Press, citing Florida officials, said that at least two adults have been killed.
"The tornadoes were spawned as a line of strong thunderstorms crossed central and South Florida during the early morning hours of Sunday. The thunderstorms were associated with the storm that brought soaking rain to the rest of the southeastern United States with snow on its northern fringe," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
The Associated Press, citing Sarasota County officials, reported damage to multiple homes near Siesta Key.
Sarasota County officials also reported 17,000 Florida Power and Light customers were without power as of Sunday morning.
A local news source reports that National Weather Service survey crews are on the scene in Duette and gave a preliminary assessment of EF-2 to EF-1 damage.
The thunderstorms have since moved offshore, ending the severe weather danger across Florida.
#WX #Update: Damage assessment teams are out in the community to survey damage. Stay home and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/5KQHwI9YGa— SarasotaCountyGov (@SRQCountyGov) January 17, 2016
#WX #Update Sarasota Co Fire Dept continues work in the field. Red Cross & Salvation Army in route to damaged areas. pic.twitter.com/bJWQJ0M4Wo— SarasotaCountyGov (@SRQCountyGov) January 17, 2016
Some of the damage from this mornings tornado in Siesta Key. @SNNTV pic.twitter.com/Kv4wB50Sdp— Jason Raven (@JasonRaven_) January 17, 2016
After a stray morning shower follows in the footsteps of the thunderstorms on Sunday morning, drier and cooler air will filter in for cleanup efforts to end the weekend and start the new week.
"High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will be held to the 60s throughout central and South Florida," Pydynowski said. "That is about 10 degrees below normal. Parts of the interior of central Florida will dip into the upper 30s on Monday night."