PALM COAST, Fla. - The city of Palm Coast mayor said he will declare a state of local emergency because of damage left behind a tornado.
The city is already in recovery and rebuilding mode after winds more than 100 mph ripped through, destroying seven homes and damaging 160 more.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado struck the Indian Trails neighborhood of Palm Coast on Saturday night. Officials on Sunday said the tornado was 25 to 75 yards wide.
Damages are estimated to be at more than $5 million. The mayor said declaring a state of emergency will help them apply for federal assistance, help fund debris removal at all hours, apply for state assistance and access other funds they wouldn't normally be able to do in order to rebuild.
Officials said a tornado warning was issued at 6:56 p.m., and Flagler County Emergency Management issued a Code Red warning at 6:58 p.m.
The first call reporting the tornado came in to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office dispatch at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, according to officials.
No injuries were reported in the tornado.
Palm Coast officials offered the following tips:
- Selecting a contractor: Ask to see a copy of his/her license and liability and worker's compensation insurance. Their license number should be shown on business cards, contracts and vehicles. Then call the Building Department at 386-986-3780 to verify the license.
- Debris pickup schedule: Daily on streetside. If debris is not being picked up in a timely manner, call the City's Customer Service number at 386-986-2360.
- Volunteer information: Contact Flagler County Volunteer Services at 386-597-2950 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.