Twenty dead as tornadoes hit Florida

FLORIDA, US - President George Bush designated four central Florida counties as disaster areas, releasing millions of dollars in aid as residents began recovering from a series of tornadoes that left at least 20 people dead.

FLORIDA, US - President George Bush designated four central Florida counties as disaster areas, releasing millions of dollars in aid as residents began recovering from a series of tornadoes that left at least 20 people dead.

National Guard troops, neighbours and residents cleaned up while it rained on Saturday.

The victims from the second-deadliest series of tornadoes in Florida's history ranged from a 92-year-old man to Brittany May, 17, killed by a falling tree that crushed her bedroom.

Weather forecasters said on Saturday that at least three tornadoes, with winds possibly as high as 265km an hour hit between 3am and 4 am on Friday, when few people were awake to hear the warnings.

At least eight trailers with emergency supplies had arrived in the area on Saturday afternoon, and more are to follow. - Sapa-AP

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