Tornado ‘touches down’ in Punta Gorda, Florida, as cops warn to remain indoors under twister watch

A TORNADO has touched down in Florida as cops warn locals to remain indoors.

Police in Punta Gorda asked drivers to stay off roads in the area after a small tornado was reported on Tuesday morning.

Authorities in Punta Gorda, Florida, warned residents to stay in doors and avoid driving in the area after a small tornado was recorded

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Authorities in Punta Gorda, Florida, warned residents to stay in doors and avoid driving in the area after a small tornado was recorded
The southwest Florida region was also under a tornado watch

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The southwest Florida region was also under a tornado watchCredit: Fort Meyers Police

“We are currently experiencing very strong winds and at least one tornado was spotted north of the river,” the police department tweeted.

“Both the northbound and southbound bridges have been closed. Please remain indoors, preferably in an interior room if possible. Avoid driving in the area.”

Police said both US-41 bridges were temporarily closed due to a small twister.

According to the Osceola News-Gazette, a tornado watch was also issued for residents in the southwest Florida region.

Pictures from the scene at Punta Gorda showed winds reaching 59 mph, loosening roof shingles from the ceiling of homes.

Residents in the area quickly took to social media to voice their concerns about the tornado watch.

Stormy weather could hit South Florida on Tuesday, with strong gusts and a slight chance of tornadoes.

But after the storms move offshore Tuesday night, we can expect sunny skies through Christmas.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Palm Beach County that will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. It warns of gusts of up to 35 mph that can knock down tree limbs and cause power outages.

Palm Beach County appears likely to experience worse weather than Broward or Miami-Dade counties, said Paxton Fell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami.

But all three counties face a risk of strong storms, with the chance of hail, lightning and high winds. The flood risk is not as high as a few days ago, however, when parts of Palm Beach County experienced flooding.

After Tuesday, the weather should clear up quickly.

“Once this passes this evening and the line of thunderstorms pushes offshore, we should see dry air and cooler temperatures,” Fell said. “High pressure will build. It’s going to be very pleasant through the end of the week.”

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