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STORM SYSTEM CAUSES $6 MILLION IN DAMAGE

Bad weather, including a tornado that tore through central Florida early Saturday, caused at least $6 million in damage during the weekend but no fatalities, local authorities said Sunday.

About 20 people were injured, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, authorities said.

Most residents of Haines City and Winter Haven were asleep at 4 a.m. Saturday when the tornado hit, destroying 25 homes and damaging about 200 others. Many woke up to find themselves exposed to the elements as the twister burst windows and carried away rooftops.

The tornado, part of a storm system that moved across central Florida during the weekend, did its worst damage to the Lake Region Mobile Home Park, where the residents are mostly elderly.

At Boone Middle School, the tornado destroyed 11 portable classrooms where 300 students would normally study. The tornado also touched down in Osceola County, destroying four homes on Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee.

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