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Weather service says no tornado in Lee County

Posted July 9, 2008 1:29 p.m. EDT

— The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that a damage survey in the Lemon Springs area of Lee County led meteorologists to conclude that a Tuesday night storm did not produce a tornado.

"The storm survey found straight-line wind damage with winds estimated around 60 mph," the weather service said in a statement. "No evidence of a tornado was found from the survey."

A large pecan tree that fell on a house on Olivia Road, doing "considerable damage," officials said, but they added, "The damage was very consistent with straight-line wind damage."

The weather service did the survey because residents' reports and wind rotation seen on Doppler radar raised suspicions of a tornado.