Local emergency management officials in Charlotte County are reporting no deaths or injuries Monday morning following damage inspections in the aftermath of the EF1 tornado that plowed through Gasparilla Estates on Sunday.
The tornado is responsible for extensive damage to 21 homes that Charlotte County Community Development inspectors have deemed uninhabitable. Another 18 homes have structural damage, officials reported.
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According to the National Weather Service in Ruskin, the EF1 tornado made landfall near Placida and Gasparilla Estates just after 6:30 am on Sunday. Winds from the tornado reached approximately 110 mph. Preliminary damage costs are estimated to be around $500,000, according to Tampa Bay's National Weather Service.
Charlotte County commissioners declared a local state of emergency just after 9 a.m. on Monday. A shelter for displaced residents opened Sunday at the Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park recreation center, but only three people used it and it had closed Monday, Charlotte County spokesman Brian Gleason said via email. No FEMA declaration has been made as of Monday afternoon, he said.
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