NWS Rates Jackson County Tornadoes

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National Weather Service News Release
Updated: May 1, 2014

The National Weather Service survey concluded that two tornadoes touched down in Jackson County on April 30, 2014.

Both were rated at EF1 strength.

By: Eyewitness News
April 30, 2014, 6pm

The Florida Panhandle saw everything from heavy rain to tornadoes!

Trees were snapped, power lines were down, and debris riddled local yards and roads.

William McAnelly was at his home in Graceville, FL with his wife and grandchildren when a tornado came barreling through his backyard.

"I heard a cracking sound, and then something hit the side of the house. It just... you can tell the wind was howling. Next thing I knew, the window shattered and rain started blowing in," said McAnelly.

The tornado damaged swing sets, flipped over a shed, and broke a bedroom window.

The family will not begin to repair the home.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee is expected to give a preliminary rating of that tornado tomorrow.

By: Eyewitness News
April 30, 2014, 5pm

Residents in part of Jackson County dealt with a tornado today.

The confirmed twister touched down early this morning, damaging trees and homes.

Luckily, no one was injured, but residents were shaken up.

Jackson County Emergency Management officials say they were tracking storms all night and realized when they saw all the destruction, it could be the work of more than one tornado.

"We're looking at tornadoes on the other side of the county as well, moving this way. Right now, we have two confirmed on the ground... maybe... possibly four," said Rodney Andreasen, Emergency Management Director.

Tornadoes weren't the only threat. Heavy rain has caused water to swell at Spring Creek Park.

The National Weather Service has already issued a flood warning for the Chipola River in Jackson and many other counties until Saturday, May 3, 2014.

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