Gov. Bush Asks President to Declare Tornado 'Major Disaster'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A presidential order would allow victims and local governments to receive financial and other help. The governor says federal officials identified 236 homes that were damaged or destroyed. Winds hit 112 miles per hour.

Riviera Beach and Palm Beach Gardens were hit the hardest. There was $650,000 damage to 157 rental units.

Gov. Bush also asked the president for grants to help those hurt by treacherous weather elsewhere in the state.

The governor cited a March 27 tornado that struck northeast Miami-Dade County and extensive flooding in Fort Lauderdale the following day.

Bush says flooding elsewhere in the state has damaged homes on the Gulf Coast and has hurt some of the poorest regions of northern Florida.

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