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Twister hits FL town

People were still assessing damages on Sunday two days after a tornado roared through Apalachicola, Florida.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | October 29, 2006

People were still assessing damages on Sunday two days after a tornado roared through Apalachicola, Florida.

Three homes were destroyed and 43 homes were damaged, according to reports from Franklin County emergency management. The twister also damaged a hospital, a school, and a restaurant. In all, nearly 50 structures were damaged.

Power was coming back for most of the town's 2,500 residents. Two people were injured.

Forecasters said the tornado was a waterspout that came ashore. Apalachicola is some 65 miles southwest of Tallahassee. The tornado struck at about 6:10 p.m. Friday and was on the ground for five minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a mile-long path of damage that is 100 yards wide. Weather officials were still determining the twister's strength, but preliminary guesses indicate it was an F1 tornado.

The tornado had a mile-long path and a 100-yard width, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee said.


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