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    Default Tornado Whirls through Polk County

    Lakeland Ledger

    Funnel Cloud Whirls Around Polk
    Residents reported sightings to police, but no damage or injuries were logged.

    By Dana Willhoit
    The Ledger

    AUBURNDALE -- A funnel cloud that swirled through central Polk County and into the Lakeland area Sunday night stirred up a lot of excitement but apparently caused no injuries or damage.

    Numerous reports of sightings of the funnel cloud were made to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and police agencies.

    Auburndale resident Wendi Edwards snapped several pictures with her cellular phone and e-mailed them to Bay News 9, and Auburndale firefighters saw the dark cloud from the back door of their fire station.

    "It was just sitting still," Auburndale firefighter Sean Schrenker said. "It looked like you'd expect. A dark cloud, swirling."

    It was several miles away and did not appear to touch down, he said. He was with his shift commander when they spotted it about 8 p.m.

    Sheriff's spokesman Carrie Rodgers said there were several sightings reported in Auburndale, in the area of U.S. 92 and Berkley Road.

    The Sheriff's Office also received reports from callers in the Lake Thomas Estates area near Winter Haven, several from the area around U.S. 98 North and Interstate 4 and one in Polk City, Rodgers said.

    According to Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik, the funnel cloud was caused by a collision of several weather systems. "We had our Atlantic Coast sea breeze meeting with our Gulf Coast sea breeze, and outflow from a thunderstorm in Hillsborough County," Kacmarik said.

    The funnel cloud was small enough that it did not register on Bay News 9's radar, she said.

    Tom Dougherty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that a funnel cloud was reported about 7:40 p.m. in Auburndale, around Main Street and Bridgers Avenue.

    Because it did not touch down, it is called a funnel cloud rather than a tornado, Dougherty said.

    Dana Willhoit can be reached at dana.willhoit@theledger.com or 863-802-7550.

    Funnel Cloud Whirls Around Polk

    Residents reported sightings to police, but no damage or injuries were logged.

    Provided to The Ledger

    Auburndale resident Wendi Edwards snapped several pictures of a funnel cloud moving through Polk County with her cellular phone Sunday and e-mailed them to Bay News 9.

    By DANA WILLHOIT

    The Ledger

    AUBURNDALE -- A funnel cloud that swirled through central Polk County and into the Lakeland area Sunday night stirred up a lot of excitement but apparently caused no injuries or damage.

    Numerous reports of sightings of the funnel cloud were made to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and police agencies.

    Auburndale resident Wendi Edwards snapped several pictures with her cellular phone and e-mailed them to Bay News 9, and Auburndale firefighters saw the dark cloud from the back door of their fire station.

    "It was just sitting still," Auburndale firefighter Sean Schrenker said. "It looked like you'd expect. A dark cloud, swirling."

    It was several miles away and did not appear to touch down, he said. He was with his shift commander when they spotted it about 8 p.m.

    Sheriff's spokesman Carrie Rodgers said there were several sightings reported in Auburndale, in the area of U.S. 92 and Berkley Road.

    The Sheriff's Office also received reports from callers in the Lake Thomas Estates area near Winter Haven, several from the area around U.S. 98 North and Interstate 4 and one in Polk City, Rodgers said.

    According to Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik, the funnel cloud was caused by a collision of several weather systems. "We had our Atlantic Coast sea breeze meeting with our Gulf Coast sea breeze, and outflow from a thunderstorm in Hillsborough County," Kacmarik said.

    The funnel cloud was small enough that it did not register on Bay News 9's radar, she said.

    Tom Dougherty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that a funnel cloud was reported about 7:40 p.m. in Auburndale, around Main Street and Bridgers Avenue.

    Because it did not touch down, it is called a funnel cloud rather than a tornado, Dougherty said.

    Dana Willhoit can be reached at dana.willhoit@theledger.com or 863-802-7550.
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