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Tornado knocks out power, leaves behind damage in Flagler County

EF-1 tornado with winds of 110 mph on ground for nearly 20 miles, officials say

Damage seen in Bullow Creek after possible tornado rips through Flagler County.
Damage seen in Bullow Creek after possible tornado rips through Flagler County.

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Parts of Flagler County are seeing damage left behind after strong storms and an EF-1 tornado moved through Central Florida.

National Weather Service officials said the EF-1 tornado, with winds of 110 mph, hit Flagler County early Saturday. Weather officials said the rotating weather system was on the ground for 19.66 miles.

On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used to measure the intensity of tornadoes, the system was just 1 mph short of being considered an EF-2 tornado.

Enhanced Fujita Scale measures intensity of tornadoes.
Enhanced Fujita Scale measures intensity of tornadoes.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office officials said Saturday morning’s storms left damage from south of Bunnell to the Gamble Rogers area of Flagler Beach.

“A home on Trojan Way – located directly behind the White Eagle in Korona – lost its roof and had its windows blown in. Flagler County has requested the assistance of the American Red Cross to meet the needs of the household,” county officials said. “Other homes reported damage on Creek Bluff Run off John Anderson Highway. Minor to moderate damage was confirmed on Plantation Oak, Deer Run, Falling Waters, and Fairchild Oaks. Multiple damages within Flagler Beach have been reported, and are pending assessment.”

An EF-1 tornado touches down in Flagler County on Dec. 14, 2019.
An EF-1 tornado touches down in Flagler County on Dec. 14, 2019.

Downed power lines and trees, broken windows and damaged patio furniture were among the other issues seen after heavy rain and gusty winds swept through the area, officials said.

A fence is knocked down behind White Eagle in Korona after a possible tornado in Flagler County.
A fence is knocked down behind White Eagle in Korona after a possible tornado in Flagler County.

Flagler Beach Police Department officials also shared reports of damage in the area, including an overturned camper in Gamble Rogers State Park.

Police said no damage has been reported to the pier and State Road A1A is open.

NWS officials have been in the area Saturday to survey the damage.

Flagler County Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord began assessments in Korona around daybreak based on damage reports received. Lord was still in the area as of 9:45 a.m., officials said.

Florida Power and Light crews were also in the area Saturday morning working to restore power.

Deputies said no injuries or deaths have been reported.

The Emergency Operations Center is offering tarps to residents whose homes sustained damage during the storm until 3 p.m.

“We only have a limited number of tarps, so we are asking residents to call before they make a trip to the Emergency Operations Center,” Lord said.

Call 386-313-4200 before visiting the Emergency Operations Center, located at 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, building three.

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