Cleanup started after Wednesday’s tornadoes left a trail of destruction between Pinellas Park and Polk County, with residents and business owners having to continue to assess the damage and all that was lost.Property
The first tornado caused significant damage in Pinellas Park where at least 25 buildings were damaged along Endeavor Way. Even an 18-wheeler was knocked to its side and roofs from large buildings were seen resting against fences.
A residential area on North Elmhurst Drive, just south of Bryan Dairy Road, experienced some of the worst destruction. Trees were down, and several homes and vehicles were damaged.
After inspecting the damage Thursday, the National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay office classified the tornado as an EF-2 with 125 mph winds.
It stayed on the ground for over 13 miles and was 300 yards wide at its maximum, they said.