Most Electric Power Back on Monday in Apalachicola

The tornado touched down Friday evening and knocked out power to more than 1,600 homes and businesses.

Although most of the power has been restored in Apalachicola, four families' homes were destroyed, nine others suffered significant damage and 26 homes had minor damage.

Friday's tornado, which lasted about five minutes, first touched down on Highway 98 near 26th Street and carved a mile-long path through town.
Electricity was restored to half of the 1,600 homes and businesses by late Saturday and most of the remainder had power by Sunday afternoon. However, power was not restored to some homes where safety issues were detected.

The scene after the storm was less than serene as volunteers and emergency workers removed thousands of fallen trees. Many rooftops were blown completely off sagging homes.

"It was a noteworthy tornado, especially since it moved through where people lived," said Bob Goree, a meteorologist with the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service.

The tornado was categorized as an F-1 on the Fujita scale, which ranks the strength of a tornado on a five-point scale. Goree said the last major tornado in Franklin County hit East Point in June 1989, causing three deaths and major structural damage.

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