Tornado Wrecks Havoc in Volusia County Florida: Strongest in 4 Years
Homes in Terra Mar Village, south of Edgewater, Florida are trying to clean up a mess after they were destroyed by Monday's tornado that came through the area.
NWS meteorologist Scott Spratt said the tornado's path went over the St. Johns River as a water spout and then NWS isn't clear on what happened.
"It was a little bit of a surprise to us. We certainly didn't start off the day expecting tornadoes," National Weather Service meteorologist Amanda Bowen said on Wednesday. "Tornadoes are not something that we can forecast very far in advance at all."
According to the National Weather Service, Monday afternoon's tornado was the strongest in the Melbourne area in four years. A Property Appraiser's Office reported estimates from the storm's damage to the 90 homes affected is at $1.7 million.
Officials say some homes lost roofs, and trees and power lines were knocked down in the storm.
Of the 90 homes affected, 40 of them sustained major damage and five of them were destroyed, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm warning first came around 4:30 p.m. Monday and was issued for the Oviedo, Florida area, northeast of Orlando.
The Edgewater area received its warning around 5 p.m., about 26 minutes before the tornado touched down.
NWS meteorologist Scott Spratt said the tornado was ranked as a high-end EF1, which is big for any typical Florida tornado. This was the first EF1 rated tornado in the area since 2008 when Tropical Storm Fay brought a wicked storm onto the Southern states.
A local resident, Sylvia Major told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, "It looks like a war zone. We are fine, but some people are not. They lost their homes."
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the Florida storm. There are reports of a few people that suffered from very minor scratches that didn't require medical attention.
Florida Power and Light is trying to restore power to all homes in the subdivision. Meanwhile, residents have stayed in good spirit about the storm that came through their neighborhood. One woman told Local 6, "What can you do? Pray it doesn't rain. But we are going to have a merry Christmas because we're all here and all alive."
NWS confirms tornado touched down in Edgewater
The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Edgewater on Monday afternoon.
Tornado Forming: Touchdown in Edgewater Florida on December 10th, 2012
Tornado in Lake County, Florida, December 10th 2012
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