Gabrielle sloshes across Florida

Saturday, September 15, 2001

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Gabrielle sloshed across Florida on Friday, knocking down trees and power lines, flooding roads and spinning off tornadoes on a course taking it into the Atlantic Ocean.

As many as 570,000 homes and businesses in west-central Florida were left without electricity.

By afternoon, the storm was near Orlando, spitting out tornadoes ahead of it. The tornadoes caused light damage but no reported injuries.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the east coast from Jupiter Inlet in east-central Florida north to Brunswick, Ga. Flood warning and watches were continued through Saturday for much of the state.

The storm left downtown Sarasota flooded, and one man there was rescued from a drain pipe. Two major bridges across Tampa Bay were closed because of high winds.

An Econolodge Motel in Bradenton lost part of its roof, forcing the evacuation of 100 people.

"The north side of the roof is now on the south side," said manager Johnny Patel.

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