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Cleanup begins after EF-1 Tornado levels homes in Palm Coast
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Cleanup begins after EF-1 Tornado levels homes in Palm Coast

Cleanup begins after EF-1 Tornado levels homes in Palm Coast
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An EF-1 tornado that tore through Palm Coast, Florida in Flagler County on Saturday, December 15, 2013 tracked a nine mile path through the area.

Cleanup begins after EF-1 Tornado levels homes in Palm Coast

Cleanup starting in Palm Coast this week after a tornado touched down over the weekend, destroying seven homes and damagin 150 more.  While residents have a lot of work ahead, they're glad no one was hurt.

 "Wow, I can't believe it," one resident told our partner Action News as he surveyed the damage.

Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the EF-1 tornado had winds of at least 100 miles an hour as it tracked nine miles before moving into the Atlantic.

Residents of the neighborhood where it hit hardest tell our partner Action News it was on the ground for just seconds.

"I tell my mom 'are we going to die?' She said 'no.' Then everything stops shaking."

Flagler County Emergency Management leaders say there are at least seven homes that are considered a total loss. 150 more were damaged during the storm. Commander Bob Weber with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office says the preliminary estimate on damages is around $5 million.

"So it really is amazing that nobody was hurt in this case."

After the storm around 7 p.m. Saturday, emergency vehicles had roads blocked off in the area of Bridgehaven Drive and Palm Coast Parkway.

Palm Coast's communication director, Cindy Lane, tells our partner Action News the worst damage was in an area known as section B.

"We do have significant damage," said Lane. "We have roofs off of houses, we have roadways that are impassable, trees down significant power lines down."

Margaret Ibanez who lives on Bridgehaven Drive said her house shook as the storm rolled through.

"We've lost a lot of trees in the back," said Ibanez. "Our nativity set that we have in front of the house is still there but everything else is in the back in the lake, like the snow man and all our Christmas decorations."

Flagler County officials have set up a website where people can check for the latest updates.

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