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Weather Service tracking tornado near Sanford FL Sunday afternoon

A Tornado Warning is in effect until 5:15 Sunday afternoon for Seminole, southeast Volusia and northwestern Brevard counties, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

Meteorologists at the NWS said they were tracking a tornado near Sanford at 4:24 Sunday afternoon, and it was moving east at 40 miles per hour. Other locations in the warning in the Seminole/Volusia area include, but are not limited to Sanford Airport, Midway, Deltona, Lake Jessup, Oviedo, Osteen, Mullet Lake Park, Geneva, Lake Ashby, Farmton, Lake Harney and Maytown.

Forecasters also warned of golf-ball-sized hail and "...destructive straight line winds." They also said they had received "numerous reports" of quarter-size hail "across Sanford and Lake Mary."

At 4:44 Sunday afternoon, meteorologists also said they detected a tornado "...near Mullet Lake Park...or near Geneva...moving east at 30 mph." They also said storms capable of tornados were in the areas of Scottsmoor and Oak Hill "over I-95."

Forecasters said to look for a strong building on the lowest floor for protection, or an interior room like a bathroom or closet. They also warned to keep away from windows, to get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture, and to use blankets or pillows to shield your body. They also said to evacuate “…mobile homes or vehicles for more substantial shelter.”

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