Marion officials say tornado struck Ocala - FOX 35 News Orlando

Marion officials say tornado struck Ocala

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OCALA, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -

Marion County emergency management officials say a tornado touched down in Ocala on Sunday evening.

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Marion County Emergency Management Director Chip Wildy told the Ocala Star-Banner that structures along Northwest 80th Avenue in the area of County Road 326 received damage.

The storm is tied to Tropical Storm Debby which remained nearly stationary over the Gulf of Mexico late Monday morning.  The area continues to receive drenching rains and wind gusts of up to 35 mph. 

Residents in Ocala's Wynchase and Fore Ranch Cimarron communities reported sink holes which have led to the evacuation of some homes.

Earlier Sunday, tornadoes were reported in Southwest Florida.  Flooding has become a problem in the Tampa Bay area, as a result of heavy rain produced by the tropical storm

The tropical storm warning area shifted farther south Monday to encompass much of Florida's Gulf coast. Debby has weakened slightly and now has top sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph).
 
The storm is about 75 miles (121 kilometers) south of Apalachicola and is moving northeast at 3 mph (5 kph).

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