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NWS suspects EF2 tornado hit Okeechobee County

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The National Weather Service is in Okeechobee County on Friday to survey the damage from fast-moving storms that left a path of destruction.  

The NWS suspects that an EF2 tornado hit the Fort Drum area but are heading to another site to make the final determination.  They have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. news conference.

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Three homes were destroyed by a possible tornado and another 17 were damaged Thursday, Sheriff Noel Stephen said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

"By the grace of God, no one died," Stephen said."You can't do anything to help these folks right now … Some of these folks may not even have insurance. I don't know how I can help them.”

A woman was injured and taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Her exact condition was not known.

“You don’t know what to do. You don’t’ know whether… to start picking, start cleaning or start crying,” Rodney Kemple said when he saw that his mobile home had been destroyed.

Fort Drum Community Church was set up as a shelter for those affected by the severe weather.

Campers were overturned near Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park by a possible tornado.  

On US 441 near Fort Drum fallen limbs were blocking streets, she said.  At mile markers 183 and 184 several wrecks were reported on the Turnpike.

There were also multiple reports of hail in Vero Beach and other areas of Indian River County.

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