Officials on Sunday confirmed it was a tornado that caused “major damage” to several homes and brought down power lines in Palm Coast, Florida, late Saturday, officials said.
One resident reportedly witnessed the roof being ripped from his home, according to Cindy Lane, spokeswoman for the City of Palm Coast.
A tornado warning was issued, but there were no reports of injuries.
More than two thousand homes were without power on Saturday night.
The National Weather Service on Sunday afternoon confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Indian Trails neighborhood Saturday night. The 25-75 yard wide tornado was given a preliminary rating of strong EF1, with evidence of winds as high as 110 mph, officials said.
Six or seven homes sustained "major damage" in the severe storm, which struck at about 7 p.m. ET Saturday, Lane said. Twenty-two houses had moderate damage and 142 were partially damaged, officials said.
A holiday parade in the city was canceled just before the tornado struck.
There are reports of debris in most areas as well as trees and power lines down in much of the local area, according to NBC affiliate in Orlando, WESH.
Local resident Meredith Hollister told WESH that residents got a tornado warning on her cellphone, and they took cover in the bathroom until the storm passed.
First published December 15 2013, 11:46 AM