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VIDEO: Tornado crosses I-75 during severe weather

Posted at 12:42 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 00:27:49-04

MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- Video from the Marion County area shows a tornado crossing I-75 as severe weather swept through the Tampa Bay area.

Seth Raper told ABC Action News he was traveling from Tampa on I-75 when he got the video. He sent it to ABC Action News Chief Meteorologist Denis Phillips.

"Wow what an experience," Raper said. "Honestly my heart is still pumping about it. It was probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

The National Weather Service confirmed Monday the weather event was an EF-0 tornado.

"It whipped up very quickly and gained size relatively quick, within 45 seconds it was probably 150 yards wide," said Joey Harper, who was driving with Rader Monday.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office also reported trees and debris from the storm on I-75. The sheriff's office says two lanes of the interstate are currently closed.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says power lines are down in the area of Halls River Road and U.S. 19. They're asking motorists to avoid the area and take an alternate route. If you see down power lines, do not approach them.

Phillips says two tornadoes have touched down in the Citrus-Marion county areas.

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