Tornadoes and Heavy Rain Hit Florida

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Release date: 
January 4, 1999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a low-pressure system moved through Florida over the weekend, spawning possible tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and torrential rains.

The Florida State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reports some homes and a hospital were flooded in the West Palm Beach area after approximately 20 inches of rain fell in the area over a 24-hour period. Palm Beach County emergency managers asked the local American Red Cross chapter to open a shelter for evacuees.

Local utility officials across Florida report as many as 10,000 people may have lost power as a result of the high winds. A portion of Interstate 95 was closed for flooding and a possible washout.

Bay County emergency management officials report damage to a number of homes from a possible tornado or straight-line winds to approximately 20 homes.

Florida's State EOC was activated on Sunday. State damage assessment teams were scheduled to begin surveys yesterday. FEMA Region Four staff are in contact with their Florida counterparts and continue to monitor the situation.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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