Seven homes have been destroyed and more than 150 damaged after a tornado struck a Palm Coast, Florida neighborhood on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
PALM COAST, Florida (AP) - A central Florida city has declared a state of emergency in the wake of a tornado that destroyed seven homes and damaged more than 150 others.
The National Weather Service says the EF-1 tornado that hit Palm Coast on Saturday night had wind speeds ranging from 86 mph to 110 mph. No injuries were reported.
Tree cutters, homeowners, insurance companies and community outreach organizations have been working to clear debris and assess the damage.
Palm Coast city spokeswoman Cindi Lane tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that Mayor Jon Netts on Monday declared a "state of local emergency."
Lane says that means the city may apply for state and federal aid. It also means the city can expedite permitting and debris removal and increase the number of trash pickups.
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