Florida deputy: ‘Never seen a tornado form that big, that fast’

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FLORIDA, (WKRG) – A Florida authority says he’s never seen a tornado as big and fast as the one he says he witnessed touching down in a small rural town in Florida’s Panhandle.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Dewes saw the apparent twister that hit Century, Florida, from his patrol car Monday afternoon. He said an entire uprooted pine tree flew in front of the car before he turned away from the storm.

Of the tornado, Dewes says he has “never seen one form that big and that fast.”

Three minor injuries have been reported so far in Century, Florida.

Officials say about 10 to 20 homes have sustained damage.

In Flomaton, Alabama power crews are working on downed power lines near Fannie road.

Ben Boutwell is president of the Century City Council. He took shelter with his family in the center of his home as the storm passed, saying he heard “that typical roar, like a train.”

Boutwell said homes about four blocks away from him had major damage. He said emergency crews were conducting a search and rescue in the neighborhood.

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