Florida battered by Nestors high winds; tornado leaves thousands without power, middle school damaged
Nearly 10,000 customers were left without power, vehicles were turned over and a middle school was severely damaged after a tornado touched down in central Florida on Friday night, as rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Nestor battered the state.
The tornado touched down in Kathleen and Polk County east of Tampa where there were reports of an overturned 18-wheeler on Interstate 4, causing traffic to be backed up for hours. A driver of a second toppled truck was taken to the hospital, according to Fox 13.
It also produced significant damage to Kathleen Middle School, which had its roof partially ripped off, according to Bay News 9 in Tampa.