The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down in the South Patrick Park neighborhood of Satellite Beach, Florida on Wednesday evening. A possible tornado caused damage to 40-50 homes, with two roofs sustaining major damage and 12 having minor damage. Around 12 power poles were also damaged and 126 FPL customers were left without power. No injuries were reported. The county has requested that residents of impacted communities send in photos and descriptions of property damage using an online damage assessment form, but stressed that the form is not an application for assistance and only serves to help emergency management decisions.
As covered by the National Weather Service, a possible tornado touched down in the South Patrick Park neighborhood of Satellite Beach, Florida, on Wednesday evening. The NWS issued a tornado warning for the area just after 5 p.m. and will be on the ground on Thursday to verify whether a tornado actually touched down.
As covered by Brevard County Emergency Management (BCEM), around 40-50 homes were impacted by the weather event. Two roofs sustained major damage while 12 had minor damage. As many as 12 power poles were damaged and around 126 FPL customers were left without power. Some were told their power would be restored early the next morning. No injuries were reported.
Video from the area shows fences and sheds torn apart, twisted trees, snapped branches, impacted autobodies, and belongings strewn all over. The most heavily-impacted streets include SE 3rd Street, SE 4th Street, Ocean Blvd, NE 1st Street, Pelican Drive, Egret Drive, and Herron Drive.
BCEM thanked Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the city of Satellite Beach, and FPL for their response efforts, credited as instrumental in sizing up the situation, determining there were no injuries, checking on residents, and securing the area.
Neighbors told News 6 that there was nowhere near enough time to prepare for the weather event, opposed to something like a hurricane. As one man said it arrived in a matter of seconds, a woman we spoke with said that it was gone just as quickly.
BCEM has requested that residents of impacted communities send in photos and descriptions of property damage left behind by the possible tornado using an online damage assessment form. The county stressed the form was not an application for assistance and served only as information used to help along emergency management decisions.
This is a developing story, and News 6 will provide the latest updates. Stay tuned for more information.
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