The severe weather continued eastward across The Sunshine State, with an EF2 tornado causing damage in Palm Coast on the Atlantic coast. Several homes in Palm Coast's Indian Trails neighborhood experienced major structural damage, but no injuries were reported.
Millions of Floridians were under a tornado watch throughout the day as the storm system moved across the state. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph and heavy rain were expected in northern parts of the state.
Our exclusive proprietary report shows how concerned Florida residents are about natural disasters and severe weather.
At home: Seek shelter in a room on the first floor that doesn't have exterior walls. Bathrooms, hallways, or closets are usually safer choices. If you have a tornado shelter or basement, use it. Mobile home residents should find a nearby neighbor, friend, relative, or business for protection.
In a car: Don't attempt to outrun a tornado. Seek shelter in the nearest business or building. Avoid highway overpasses and bridges, as they can collapse.
At work or in public spaces: Move away from windows and exterior doors. Go to the lowest level of the building if possible. Take cover under a heavy table or workbench, or protect your head with your hands.
In open areas: If you can't find shelter, lie down in a low place like a trench, ditch, or gully. Stay away from trees. Cover your head and neck. You can use your hands or something like a pillow, bike helmet, book, or laptop.
If bed-bound: Cover yourself as best as you can with blankets and pillows to protect from flying debris. Ensure your head is well-covered.
Stay informed: Be aware of tornado warnings through multiple sources such as outdoor warning sirens, local radio or TV stations, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) on your phone, and virtual assistants like Alexa.
Have a plan: Sit down with your household and make a plan in case of a natural disaster emergency. Know where to go in a tornado, especially if you live in an apartment, trailer, or mobile home.