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Charlotte County declares local emergency following tornado EF1

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Charlotte County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency on Monday after a Tornado EF1 tore down the area on Sunday morning.

The trustees held an emergency meeting at 8 a.m. at the Charlotte County Civic Center to respond to the damage the county suffered from Sunday’s severe weather.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a 110 mph EF1 tornado hit Charlotte County near Placida.

The tornado started when a torpedo came ashore and gained strength near the marina.

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The storm caused damage to several boats, before tearing through the Gasparilla Mobile Park, where damage was estimated at $500,000.

No injuries have been reported.

According to the NWS, the tornado was 1.3 miles above ground in Charlotte County, with an estimated width of 50 yards.

At least four other tornadoes was confirmed in Southwest Florida Sunday causing widespread damage and leaving thousands without power.

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2022/01/17/charlotte-county-declares-local-state-of-emergency-in-wake-of-ef1-tornado/ Charlotte County declares local emergency following tornado EF1

Tom Vazquez

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