November 3, 1997 in Nation/World

32 Hurt As Twister Rips Through Florida

Compiled From Wire Services

A tornado skipped through this Atlantic Coast community early Sunday, tearing whole second stories off homes. Thirty-two people were injured.

The twister caused at least $10 million worth of damage. Six storm victims remained hospitalized Sunday night, one with a broken back and another with a broken pelvis.

Firefighters had to dig some people out of beachside homes that collapsed during the storm that struck at about 1:30 a.m. Thousands of customers lost power in the community just south of Daytona Beach.

The 64-unit DiamondHead Point condominium complex on the Indian River was devastated by the storm.

Resident Roger Vayles said his wife Sal got up to close the window to keep rain out, and was just returning to bed when the twister hit.

“It woke me up and almost sucked my wife out the window,” he said. “I could see the barbecue grill on the porch take off like a bullet,” Vayles said. His wife was treated for minor injuries.

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