For Immediate Release
EF1 Tornadoes Strike Two Charlotte County Neighborhoods
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (March 14, 2017) – A pair of EF1 tornadoes with winds estimated to be between 90 mph and 100 mph touched down in the Palm Shores community east of Punta Gorda and on Manasota Key Monday night, according to a National Weather Service assessment. The Manasota Key tornado began as a waterspout on the intracoastal waterway before making landfall.
Charlotte County and National Weather Service officials assessed storm damage Tuesday. On Manasota Key, the tornado damaged 24 properties. A single-family home and four units of a condo sustained major damage and have been posted unsafe by the building official. The other properties sustained damage to roofs, windows, soffits and power masts along with some damage to accessory structures such as lanais and pool cages.
In Palm Shores, the tornado damaged nine properties to varying degrees, including damage to roofs, siding, lanais, vehicles and barns. No homes were declared uninhabitable. Some power lines were downed and there were localized outages, which have been repaired.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, FPL was still working to restore power to 140 homes between Pine Street and River Road in Englewood. FPL attributed the outage to storm damage, not the Manasota Key tornado.
Several county-owned buildings suffered minor water leaks, but no damage has been reported.
The public is advised to stay clear of storm-damaged areas for their safety. Property owners are reminded to confirm any contractors hired to repair damage are licensed. Hiring an unlicensed contractor is illegal, unsafe and potentially costly to property owners.
For information, call Charlotte County Communications Manager Brian Gleason at 941-743-1462 or email Brian.Gleason@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.