Tornado 'touches down' in Punta Gorda, Florida, as cops warn to remain indoors under twister watch

A TORNADO has touched down in Florida as cops warn locals to remain indoors.

Police in Punta Gorda asked drivers to stay off roads in the area after a small tornado was reported on Tuesday morning.

"We are currently experiencing very strong winds and at least one tornado was spotted north of the river," the police department tweeted.

"Both the northbound and southbound bridges have been closed. Please remain indoors, preferably in an interior room if possible. Avoid driving in the area."

Police said both US-41 bridges were temporarily closed due to a small twister.

According to the Osceola News-Gazette, a tornado watch was also issued for residents in the southwest Florida region.

Per ABC 7, wind gust of 77 mph was recorded in Punta Gorda at 9.40am.

Pictures from the scene at Punta Gorda showed winds reaching 59 mph, loosening roof shingles from the ceiling of homes.

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Residents in the area quickly took to social media to voice their concerns about the tornado watch.

One person wrote: "it is so windy and my power keeps flickering ugh. tornadoes in florida are not normal."

Another resident wrote: "High winds and tornado warning this morning . . . Yeah, sounds like Florida to me."

A third person said she woke up to "loud winds outside her home."

"Good morning, just woke up to florida being under tornado watch and loud winds outside my house," tweeted the Florida resident.

A fourth person complained about losing her internet during the storm, saying: "I don’t know why I’m under a tornado watch in Florida in December but I just lost internet."

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