NAPLES, Fla. - There are no reports of any injuries after authorities say a tornado touched down in southwest Florida as Tropical Storm Debby formed.
A Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman confirmed a tornado touched down Saturday afternoon. The Naples Daily News reports several homes were damaged and tree limbs are down.
Forecasters say there is always a possibility of an isolated tornado as storms form.
Senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart with the National Hurricane Center says "tornadic activity goes up" because such strong winds are not typical. He says the tornados tend to be quick or short-lived, which is difficult to detect on radar. He recommends that residents "keep an eye on the sky" and to be safe.
A tornado warning had been issued for the area.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.