‘Lots of damage’ reported after possible tornado in Central Florida

Weather

Courtesy: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

DELAND, Fla. (NewsNation) — Local law enforcement and the Red Cross are responding after a possible tornado Tuesday afternoon left houses damaged and thousands without power in DeLand.

DeLand is located approximately 34 miles north of the central business district of Orlando and about 23 miles west of Daytona Beach.

According to Twitter updates from the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, “Lots of damage reports coming in from North Deland.”

NWS reports hail, high wind gusts with damage including down trees and power lines.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said they coordinated with the DeLand Police and Fire Departments for ongoing storm recovery and response. Deputies reported “going door to door checking on people.”

Rescue teams warned residents to avoid storm damaged areas as crews work.

Over 11,000 homes and businesses are without power according to Duke Energy. It is mobilizing regional resources in the efforts to promptly restore power.

The NWS issued a tornado warning for DeLand around 4 p.m. They will survey the damage areas from the likely tornado on Wednesday.

No injuries or fatalities were reported, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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