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NWS Report details tornado that struck Palm Coast Saturday

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The National Weather Service in Jacksonville announced the results early Sunday evening of its storm survey for the Palm Coast tornado that occurred early Saturday evening. The EF1 tornado touched down at around 7 p.m. Saturday night in Flagler County. The NWS says the tornado first touched down north of Espanola “…on an intermittent track.” It then strengthened to around “…95 to 105 mph...across the B sections of Palm Coast [Indian Trails area]…then weakened as it moved northeast toward the coast…with a path width of 25 to 50 yards across the F [Palm Harbor] and Hammock sections.” The report says the tornado was at its widest, around 150 yards, on Bannbury Lane – just east of Belle Terre Parkway, and north of Palm Coast Parkway.

The coordinates cited in the report for the touchdown were 29.52 degrees north latitude and 81.31 degrees west longitude. According to a check by this Examiner on Google Earth, that would put the initial touchdown in an area north of Espanola, between North Old Dixie Highway and Hargrove Grde. The point of final damage was given as 29.61 degrees north latitude, 81.19 west longitude. A check of Google Earth showed that to be on a golf course near the coast, north of North Shore Avenue in the Hammock area.

The National Weather Service said the “…longest continuous damage path [of the tornado] was approximately 1 mile in the B section of Palm Coast.”

Power back on

Early Sunday evening, FlaglerEmergency.com also reported that no fatalities had been reported from the tornado, and that power has been restored to all but 12 customers. In those dozen cases, repairs were prevented by storm damage. Power outages can be reported to 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) or at FPL.com.

City warns affected residents about repair offers

The City of Palm Coast also advised residents in the damaged areas Sunday that contractors are in the area already seeking to help with cleanup and repairs. The City says you should always ask to see a copy of the contractor’s license and insurance. You can call the Building Department at 386-986-3780 to verify the license. The City warns that you may be asked by unlicensed persons to “…pull the permit or they [may] try to convince you a permit is not required.” Licensed contractors should also “…always obtain the permit and never ask you to get it for them.” Licensed contractors, according to the City, should always have a license number displayed on “…all business cards, contracts and vehicles that advertise their business….”

To report non-emergency storm-related issues, contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch number at 386-313-4911.

For building or code-related issues, call 386-986-3780 during regular City operating hours.

Other issues can be called to Customer Service at 386-986-2360 during regular business hours, or 888-635-9806 after hours.

Click here to visit the City of Palm Coast website.

Click here to view a You Tube of a news conference Sunday on the tornado, from the Palm Coast City website.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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