Tornado Causes Severe Damage

By: Angela Salerno
By: Angela Salerno

Jane Nelson is inconsolable as she looks at what's left of her house. A tornado ripped through the small town of Apalachicola, snapping trees like toothpicks, and one of them landed on Nelson's home.

"It was just terrible, just terrible. I've never had anything like this happen to me. It's bad all over town, but when it happens to you people just don't realize," said Jane Nelson, who lost her home to the twister.

Franklin County officials said the twister started at Burger King and traveled a mile, knocking out power lines and ripping entire walls off houses before ending a few blocks past the hospital.

"Twenty seven houses that he specifically notes with damages, and we think there are two or three times that that have damages, we just didn't see them all," said Butch Baker, Director of Franklin County's Emergency Management.

The National Weather Service said the 100 yard wide funnel started as a water spout, spinning off shore and turning into one of the strongest tornadoes to ever hit the area.

"This is the price you pay to live in paradise, that's what they say," said Tony Phillips, who lost his home to the storm.

No serious injuries were reported, but folks in this small town of Apalachicola are left picking up the pieces.

"I don't know, it's gonna be alright, I know it's going to be alright, it's just such a sudden act, it's a hurt, real hurt," said Nelson.

It’s a hurt that is familiar to these residents who are still cleaning up after Hurricane Dennis ripped through the area last year. Emergency crews were working through the night to get electricity back on in Apalachicola.


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