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Tornado warning cancelled for Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach Sunday afternoon

Skies over Daytona Beach neighborhood, west of I-95, Feb. 23, 2014.
Skies over Daytona Beach neighborhood, west of I-95, Feb. 23, 2014.
Mike Royer.

Update:

The Tornado Warning and Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Volusia County were cancelled at 3:27 Sunday afternoon, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Melbourne website.

Update:

At 2:57 Sunday afternoon, a Tornado Warning was issued for North Central and Northeast Volusia County until 4 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida. The Tornado Warning includes the cities of Ormond by the Sea, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill and Daytona Beach.

Forecasters said they continued to track a tornado at 3:06 p.m. "...near Ormond Beach...moving east at 35 mph...."

Forecasters also said the safest place to be during a tornado is “…in a strong building on the lowest floor…in an interior room such as a bathroom or closet…” and also advised people to stay away from windows. The warning also said to “…get under a workbench or other piece of study furniture [and] use blankets or pillows to cover your body.”

Update: The tornado warning for northwestern Volusia County has been cancelled by the National Weather Service in Melbourne Sunday afternoon, but in a tweet forecasters said a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for northeast Volusia County until 3:45 Sunday afternoon. The Weather Service said winds of 60-plus miles per hour and quarter-sized hail were likely in the Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach areas. The Daytona Beach Police Department tweeted that the Daytona 500 was delayed at 2:22 p.m. due to weather.

Update: The National Weather Service in Jacksonville tweeted at 3:03 Sunday afternoon that the tornado warning for southern Flagler County had expired.

Update:

Forecasters also issued a tornado warning for southern Flagler County until 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Melbourne said they were tracking a severe thunderstorm "...capable of producing a tornado 21 miles southwest of Flagler Beach...moving at 40 mph."

Update:

At 2:27 Sunday afternoon, meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Melbourne "...continued to detect a tornado...located near Seville or near Pierson...radar shows strong indications of a tornado!" Forecasters said to seek shelter "...in a nearby reinforced building..." if you are caught outside.

Initial article:

A tornado warning has been issued for northwestern Volusia County by the National Weather Service in Melbourne Sunday until 2:45 p.m. Forecasters say a severe thunderstorm was detected near Lake George, 8 miles east of Salt Springs, at 2:17 Sunday afternoon that was “…capable of producing a tornado.” The storm was moving east at 35 miles per hour. Other locations in the warning included Seville and Bakerstown.

The Weather Service said mobile homes or vehicles should be evacuated “…for more substantial shelter.” Forecasters also said the safest place to be during a tornado is “…in a strong building on the lowest floor…in an interior room such as a bathroom or closet…” and also advised people to stay away from windows. The warning also said to “…get under a workbench or other piece of study furniture [and] use blankets or pillows to cover your body.”

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Melbourne website.

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