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NWS confirms tornadoes hit Palm Coast, Crystal River & Clearwater

ORLANDO, Fla. — Thursday was a Weather Alert Day in Central Florida. Review our live blog of all the updates from Thursday’s tornado in Palm Coast and severe thunderstorms across Florida.

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3:45 p.m. update

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday afternoon that an EF1 tornado moved through Clearwater and an EF2 tornado moved through Crystal River on Thursday morning.

You can read more about the damage those tornadoes caused by clicking here.

Read: NWS confirms EF2 tornado moved through Palm Coast damaging homes, cars

Earlier Thursday, the agency said that an EF2 tornado also moved through Palm Coast on Thursday morning.

Click here to read more about that tornado.

See photos of the damage from all three tornadoes below, and watch special live team coverage on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 4.


2:15 p.m. update

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF2 tornado moved through Palm Coast early Thursday morning. You can read more about the damage it caused here.

Read: NWS confirms EF2 tornado moved through Palm Coast damaging homes, cars

1:30 p.m. update

Marion County Public Schools said that all after-school activities and athletics have been canceled Thursday due to inclement weather, including gusty winds and isolated thunderstorms.

Marion Afterschool Programs remain open.

Read: Potential tornado damages homes, flips cars in Palm Coast


10 a.m. update

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said residents in need of assistance following Thursday morning’s severe weather can go to

Parkview Church in Palm Coast.

See the location below:

Flagler County staff will be on hand until at least 12 p.m. Thursday.

Sheriff Rick Staly also held a news conference Thursday to give an update on the potential tornado or tornados that caused damaged to areas of Palm Coast.

Watch Staly speak below:


8:30 a.m. update

NWS has extended the Tornado Warning until 8:45 a.m. in Marion County.


8:18 a.m. update

The Tornado Warning remains in effect in Marion County but has expired for Flagler County.


8:10 a.m. update

Tornado Warnings are in effect until 8:30 a.m. for both Marion and Flagler counties.

NWS is pinpointing these areas:

  • Southwestern Marion County
  • Northeastern Flagler County


8 a.m. update

The Tornado Warning for Flagler County has been extended until 8:30 a.m.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive damage reports from Palm Coast, primarily in the B-section.

Channel 9 is in Palm Coast and will continue to provide live updates on air and at WFTV.com


7:38 a.m. update

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Flagler County until 8 a.m.


7:30 a.m. update

More photos of damage are coming into the Channel 9 newsroom.

Flagler, Citrus and Pinellas counties have reported storm damage, possibly related to tornados.

See the latest photo gallery below:


7 a.m. update

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said emergency responders are active in the area of the B-section of Palm Coast following a reported tornado.

Officials said that NO injuries have been reported at this time.

There is significant damage in the area, according to FCSO.

Channel 9 has a news crew in Palm Coast to gather the latest images and information.

This is damage we captured near Pine Lakes Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway.

Monitor WFTV.com and watch Eyewitness News for live updates.


6:50 a.m. update

NWS has issued a Tornado Warning until 7:15 a.m. for:

  • West Central Flagler County
  • Southeastern Putnam County


6:45 a.m. update

Spruce Creek High School will not hold classes today because of a power outage.

Volusia County Schools said that all other schools and bus schedules are operating normally.


6:33 a.m. update

Here are some initial images of storm damage from across parts of Central Florida:


6:27 a.m. update

The Citrus County School District has announced that all school is canceled Thursday due to storm damage.


6:15 a.m. update

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a tornado touched down and caused damage in Crystal River.

Officials say there are road closures along US-19 and State Road 44.


6:05 a.m. update

NWS has issued a Tornado Warning for Marion County until 6:30 a.m.


5:45 a.m. update

The Tornado Warning for northern Volusia County has expired, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS said a Tornado Warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. for northcentral Citrus and southeastern Levy counties.

Meteorologists Brian Shields and Kassandra Crimi are in Severe Weather Center 9, continuing to follow storms that are still moving across the Channel 9 viewing area.

Watch live coverage NOW on Eyewitness News This Morning.


5:10 a.m. update

FPL is reporting 1,875 power outages to customers in Volusia County.


5 a.m. update

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for:

  • Northern Volusia County until 5:45 AM EDT

LIVE severe weather coverage continues RIGHT NOW on Channel 9.


4:30 a.m. update

The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a Tornado Warning until 5 a.m. for the following areas:

  • Central Lake County in east central Florida
  • Northwestern Volusia County in east central Florida


4:08 a.m. update

Just after 4 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning in Lake County near the Lake Griffin area until 4:30 a.m.

This includes the cities of Leesburg, Eustis and Tavares.


4 a.m. update

Several tornado warnings expired in Central Florida early this morning, but the threat of potential severe weather remains for much of the northern part of our viewing area, including Marion, Flagler and Volusia Counties.

Channel 9′s meteorologists are tracking powerful thunderstorms in Central Florida that could spawn tornadoes.

Sumter County is under a tornado warning until 3:45 a.m.

A tornado warning in Marion County has since been lifted.

Strong thunderstorms are currently moving through Marion and Sumter counties.

Read: Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning? What you need to know

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry said area residents should move to a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of their home.

Watch Terry and certified meteorologist Brian Shields live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News by clicking here.

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2014. He serves as the station's Digital Executive Producer.