The tornado that skated through the Tampa Bay Area Wednesday evening left a lot of work for homeowners.
“Our house wasn’t hit, but we’re helping to clean up,” said one North Lakeland resident.
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No injuries have been reported from the incident, but some families were taken to the Red Cross.
“There are some in Lakeland and others that were transitioned into the Orlando Red Cross,” said emergency management response.
Spectrum Bay News 9 spoke with a North Lakeland woman, who said she was happy to still have a roof.
“Some houses were hit harder,” Carol Ames said. “I was just about to take my granddaughter to gymnastics practice; my granddaughters were at my house when the tornado hit.”
Both Ames and her grandchildren told me they heard loud noises and then saw the trees right outside the window.
“They were scared and crying,” Ames said about her grandchildren. “If we would have left the house just five minutes before, we would have been caught [in the storm.”
Lakes Church in Lakeland partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay to provide food to anyone affected by the tornado.
They will be at the church every Monday afternoon