Tornado destroys 6 mobile homes in Palm Bay, NWS says

Tornado warnings issued for parts of Brevard County Sunday

By Brianna Volz - Web producer, Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

PALM BAY, Fla. - The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Palm Bay on Sunday morning, destroying six mobile homes as Hurricane Irma lashed the state.

Palm Bay police said six trailers on Indian River Drive were destroyed during the dangerous weather.

Weather Service officials in Miami said an EF 0 touchdown was responsible for the destruction. Tornados are rated by intensity on the Enhanced Fujita scale or EF-Scale. A EF 0 twister can bring up to 85 mph winds.

A 93-year-old man who refused to evacuate was there when the destruction took place, officials said. He was not injured. 

Other homes were damaged in Palm Bay, but it's not yet been confirmed if another tornado impacted them.

Residents were asked to take shelter as several tornado warnings were issued Sunday in Brevard.

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"Tornadic activity" ahead of Hurricane Irma destroys six Palm Bay homes, police say.

A possible funnel cloud could also be seen from 5th Avenue in Indialantic. It is unknown if the two instances were related.

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