Sunday, March 24, 2013

Possible Tornado Touchdown In Cocoa, Merritt Island

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- Reports of a tornado touchdown or a microburst, yet-to-be confirmed by the National Weather Service, in North Merritt Island just north of Hall Road and in north Cocoa has left storm damage in its wake.

Island Lakes - Photo by Charles Parker

Island Lakes - Photo by Charles Parker

Island Lakes - Photo by Charles Parker

Island Lakes - Photo by Charles Parker

North Cocoa: It's like the wind lifted the canopy up and over the table & PLASTIC chairs...roof is shredded and chairs left perfectly as they were before the storm... Photo By Heather Reynolds

Pea-sized hail in Canaveral Groves... Photo By Elizabeth Peterson


Tree against home in Titusville.  Photo by Bob Socks.

So far, the hardest reported hit was in the Island Lakes Community on Wood Stork Drive in Merritt Island.


Additionally, storm damage has been reported in the Titusville, Florida area and north Cocoa, including Canaveral Groves and Sharpes, Florida.


Although unconfirmed, it is believed that a tornado or powerful storm cell traveled west to east across north Merritt Island, then crossed the Banana River and traveled in the area of the north terminals in Port Canaveral and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


There are reports of sporadic power outages just north of 528 near Sharpes, the neighborhoods in north Merritt Island, and the north side of Port Canaveral, Florida. 


FPL is reporting that over 1,500 customers are without power.  The largest power outage, with 1172 customers without power, occurred in Merritt Island just north of the Barge Canal off State Road 3.  FPL crews have been dispatched to the area.


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