A line of severe storms packing isolated tornadoes and high winds ripped across the Florida Panhandle, early Thursday, toppling trees and power lines and leaving homes and businesses damaged as the vast weather front raced across several states.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday morning that two were killed and two injured when a tornado touched down in the western Florida Panhandle.
Two homes were destroyed and powerlines were knocked down, according to Washington Country Emergency Management spokeswoman Cheryl Frankenfield.
The county’s Facebook page showed at least one home that was obliterated, as well as trees down on another home.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management has employees in the area to help, spokesperson Samantha Bequer said. She said neighboring Jackson County also had property damage.
Red Cross will be setting up a location at Orange Hill Fire Dept. the time has not been determined yet.
“A tornado has touched down in Washington County in the area of Gilbert’s Mill Rd. and surrounding areas. Homes have been destroyed. Multiple power lines down. Please refrain from traveling to this area as crews are still searching for further damage,” said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews.