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(NEW YORK) —  Severe storms brought suspected tornadoes to Florida’s Gulf Coast.At least one person was killed as a result of the storms, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.

At least three tornadoes were reported in the region Sunday.

In nearby Sarasota County, several homes were damaged but there were no reports of major injuries, according to a county spokesman.

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One family in Sarasota whose home was destroyed had to be removed from the wreckage by firefighters but they only suffered minor injuries.

A tornado watch for central and southern Florida was in effect until 8 a.m. ET Sunday. In addition to the severe weather, localized flash flooding will be a concern with rainfall up to 2 inches.

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