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NWS confirms tornado in Flagler County

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Updated: 12/16/2013 4:52 pm

PALM COAST, Fla. -- An assessment team from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville has determined that it was indeed a tornado that tore through parts of Flagler County Saturday evening.

The preliminary assessment of the strength of the storm is an EF1, with winds of 88-106 MPH.

“We assess the wind speed based on the damage and integrity of the wind structures that are around. And based on that we can get a pretty good indicator of what the wind speed was,” said Scott Cordero, Meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

Cordero said the storm strengthened as it reached the B section of Palm Coast, where one home had its roof blown off.

"I'm only just a couple of houses away from here and it's unbelievable the damage that's been done,” said Bill Worth, who lives in the neighborhood.  “I feel sorry for the people.”

Cordero said it appeared the tornado started west of I-95, but its length is yet to be determined.  

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