Reported tornado briefly touched down in Lake County Sunday afternoon

PHOTO CREDIT: SECO employee Brady Smith

The Fox35 Weather Team was tracking a strong thunderstorm moving through Lake County Sunday afternoon.

At 3:13 p.m. Sunday, The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning in Lake County moving northeast at 20 mph.

This was a strong thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado.

At the time, the storm was moving over Fruitland Park and Lake Griffin.

The warning was then extended until 4:15 p.m. as this system gained speed and moved toward Emeralda.

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Between 3:47 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., a trained spotter in the area gave reports of a funnel cloud near Emeralda.

At that time, viewers also sent in photos and video of that funnel touching down, causing it to become a tornado.

The National Service will conduct a storm survey within the next 48 hours to access the damage of the reported tornado.

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