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Clean-up continues after Saturday's tornado damages more than 20 homes in Bradenton

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Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 12, 2021

BRADENTON, Fla. — The clean-up is still underway after a tornado touched down in a Bradenton neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.

Norris Brown said he was sucked outside after peeking out during Saturday's storm.

"This stuff here was all going around in circles. I knew then it was a tornado," said the 90-year-old Brown.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado with 95 mph winds that touched down near El Conquistador Parkway on Saturday around 5:45 p.m.

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"It was just a big bang and then lots of little bangs after that," said Connie Weasel.

She says she thought an airplane was crashing until she came outside to look around.

"There was metal and broken glass all around my car," said Weasel.

The worst of it just missed her home, but her neighbors weren’t as lucky. More than 20 homes were damaged and some had their roofs ripped away.

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"The debris was everywhere, it’s like a bomb went off," said Mike Clark with Florida Southern Roofing.

Clark was on the scene just an hour afterward. He says his team worked hard to tarp everything, but Sunday's rain added insult to injury.

Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. People impacted are working to clean up and put their lives back together.