This is the second time in less than two months Central Florida has been struck by severe storms. The first time was in December when several tornados ripped through the area, causing structural damage, but no fatalities.

Here is the latest information as the recovery effort continues for people in Lake, Sumter, Seminole, and Volusia counties whose lives were shattered by tornadoes.

The National Weather Service now says at least three tornadoes struck Central Florida.

An EF-3 tornado packing winds between 155-160 miles per hour touched down in Lady Lake, Lake Mack and Paisley.

An EF-2 Tornado, with winds between 110-137 miles per hour hit DeLand, and an E-F 1 tornado, with winds up to 100-105 miles per hour, touched down in New Smyrna Beach.

The death toll from the tornadoes stands at 20 deaths. Thirteen in Paisley and Lake Mack and seven in Lady Lake.

The storms have damaged thousands of homes.

The Red Cross has closed two of its shelters, Babe James Community Center in New Smyrna Beach and the Chisholm Community Center in DeLand.

FEMA Director David Paulison said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Bush. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Lake, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties.

The damage runs all the way from Lady Lake to New Smyrna Beach.

Rescue crews continue to look for more victims in the rubble. At this point estimates are that 1,500 homes sustained major damage or were destroyed in the four counties.

Governor Crist declared a State of Emergency for Lake, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties Friday. President George W. Bush officially declared Volusia County a disaster area Saturday.

The governor, local politicians and FEMA are promising federal help.

Saturday, Governor Charlie Crist and FEMA director David Paulison are expected hold a briefing later in the morning. Governor Crist declared a State of Emergency for Lake, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties. The governor and local politicians are promising federal help.

It was the second-deadliest combination of thunderstorms and tornados in Florida history, cutting a 40-mile swath of destruction across four counties just before daybreak, terrorizing residents of one of the nation's biggest retirement communities, and leaving trees and fields littered with clothes, furniture and splintered lumber.

Three of those killed are said to be students. The Lake County Emergency Operations Center says the storms claimed the lives of a Umatilla High School freshman, a 17-year-old Leesburg student and a Spring Creek Elementary School student.

John Roszak, a church pastor, told CNN the name of the Umatilla High School freshman who died is David Downing. His parents, who were also killed, are Donald and Carla Downing. David was one of a set of triplets. His sister Heather was taken to the hospital. His other sister Keyla is reportedly ok. They also have another sibling, a brother, who survived.

Roszak also told CNN that a second grader from the church's youth group was also killed.

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Here is a list of some of the victims from Friday's tornadoes.

In Lady Lake:
Emily Halvorson - 77 years old
Brittany May - 17 years old
Bernice Marshall - 87 years old
Patricia Devere - 66 years old
Doris Gantner - 81 years old
Charles Gordon - 20 years old
Clarence Clarkson - 92 years old

In Lake Mack:
Donnie Downing - 48 years old
Carla Downing - 45 years old
David Downing - 15 years old
Jamie Wright - 55 years old
Donald Lamond - 49 years old

In Paisley:
William J. "Billy" Nolan - 40 years old
William "Jacob" Nolan - 7 years old
Mary MacKinnon - 66 years old

Officials in Lake and Volusia counties ordered dusk-to-dawn curfews in heavily damaged areas to prevent looting and injuries to residents trying to sift through wreckage in the dark.

Governor Crist toured the areas destroyed by the tornadoes on Saturday.

Volusia County

Declaration of local emergency: Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno signed a local declaration of emergency. The declaration has been sent to the governor for review and forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Friends and Family hotline: Citizens looking for information on loved ones in the affected areas should call the American Red Cross at (386) 226-1400.

City of DeLand information hotline: DeLand residents looking for information on Friday's storms should call (386) 626-7159.

Schools: Deltona Lakes Elementary School will remain closed Monday. The rest of the schools within the Volusia County School District will open Monday. Daytona Beach Community college says classes will be on a normal schedule Monday as well.

Damage Estimates: According to the Volusia County Property Appraiser's Office, the estimated damage countywide is $52.2 million. Damage to public facilities, such as the Volusia County Health Department and the DeLand headquarters of the Volusia County Sheriff's Officer, are not included in the estimate.

According to preliminary damage reports in the New Smyrna Beach area, eleven homes were destroyed, 25 suffered major damage and 71 had minor damage.

The Beresford Lady river boat is reported completely underwater. The boat docks at the Sunrise Marina on the St. Johns River near DeLand.

New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach Citizen Information Lines have been opened. Residents needing information about the New Smyrna Beach area should call (386) 424-2113 or (386) 424-2114.

Residents who want to re-enter the affected areas of Islesboro and Turnbull Estates must present identification to law enforcement officers that shows their local address. Residents without identification, such as a driver's license or utility bill, will not be allowed into the area.

According to preliminary damage reports, 20 structures were destroyed, 21 structures have major damage and 73 structures have minor damage.

Port Orange

Port Orange city officials are reporting damage in the Cypress Head subdivision. Nearly a dozen homes in the 6,400 block of Cypress Springs Parkway, including Renaissance Drive, are damaged. The homes damaged are in the immediate area of the number 14 hole on the golf course and includes damaged or missing pool screen enclosures, broken windows, missing shingles, uprooted trees, and damaged gutters.
Florida Hospital DeLand Storm Response

Florida Hospital DeLand received 34 patients from early morning storms Friday. Most patients were in good condition, three patients were serious condition and two were transferred to other hospitals. Injuries ranged from minor lacerations to non life-threatening internal injuries.

The hospital did not suffer any damage and was open to receive patients throughout the day. All elective surgeries were rescheduled. Activity in the Emergency department and throughout the hospital has returned to normal.

"The response from our physicians and staff was incredible," President and CEO Daryl Toll said. "I was very impressed with the number of team members who were able to respond and help our patients and their family members, despite the fact that many of our team members were impacted directly by the storms."
Halifax Medical Center

The hospital treated four patients from the storms. Two patients were listed in critical condition, two in serious condition. One patient was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical burns. ORMC is the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center.
Villages Regional Hospital

Forty-two patients went to the emergency room after the storms. Eighteen were treated and released. Most of them had lacerations and broken limbs. One person was moved to Leesburg Emergency room to undergo neurosurgery. One person died at Villages Regional Hospital.

Lake County

Sunday morning update from the Lake County EOC

The following information is an update from the Lake County Emergency Operations Center:

Comprehensive disaster assessment teams deployed this morning to the impacted communities. These teams consisted of County building inspectors, Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives, State Emergency Response

Team representatives and staff from the County Property Appraiser's Office.

Water and ice distribution sites are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. at the following locations:

* Lady Lake American Legion, located at County Road 466 and Rolling Acres Road
* Paisley Fire Station, located at 25310 County Road 42
* In the Lake Mack community at 31039 Lake Mack Road

Relief workers and emergency staff send their condolences to the families who suffered loss of life during this disaster. The number of confirmed fatalities currently stands at 20 (seven in the Lady Lake area and 13 in the Paisley/Lake Mack communities).

Three shelters are currently opened at:

* First Baptist Church, located at 25145 Fisherman's Road in Paisley
* Villages Elementary School, located at 695 Rolling Acres Road in Lady Lake (also special needs, pet friendly)
* Bay Street Baptist Church, located at 1724 South Bay Street in Eustis (special needs only)

Feeding stations are currently being opened by the Salvation Army, Red Cross and other non-profit organizations. Call the Lake County Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732 for exact locations.

Residents are encouraged to begin moving debris to the curb. Residents should make three separate piles: storm-related debris, vegetative debris and household trash. Please do not block mailboxes, driveways, storm drains or fire hydrants with debris. For a complete list of locations where residents can drop off debris, log on to

According to Progress Energy, currently 109 residences are without power. Sumter Electric Cooperative is reporting all power is restored in the Paisley and Lake Mack communities.
The Villages of Sumter County

The Villages Public Safety Department along with Marion County Fire-Rescue, Lake Sumter EMS, Sumter County Sheriff's Department and many other government and emergency agencies have set-up a command post at the Coconut Cove Recreation Center, 1398 Stillwater Trail, to organize emergency relief efforts in The Villages of Sumter County following severe storms first reported by the National Weather Service just before 3 a.m.

Initial damage reports indicate between 300 and 500 homes in The Villages of Sumter County, including The Villages of Mallory Square, The Villages of Sabal Chase, The Villages of Poinciana and The Villages of Carolina to name a few, have sustained moderate to significant damage.

Meanwhile, North Central Florida's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 8 Team, one of nine teams in Florida, composed of firefighters from Marion County Fire-Rescue, Ocala Fire Rescue, Gainesville Fire Rescue and Alachua County Fire Rescue have activated to The Villages of Sumter County to conduct an extensive search and rescue operation.

Shelters: Wildwood Community Center on C.R. 132, one-mile south of 466A.

Citizens' Information Line: For the latest information, citizens should call: 352-751-7110.

The state's deadliest tornado event on record happened in February 1998, when five twisters hit near Orlando over two days, killing 42 people and damaging or destroying about 2,600 homes and businesses.
Power Outages

According to Progress Energy, they have restored power to all customers who can be connected to the power grid. Sumter Electric Cooperative is reporting all power is restored in the Paisley and Lake Mack communities.

It will be at least Tuesday before some students will be allowed back to class, in areas affected by the tornadoes.

Deltona Lakes Elementary will remain closed through Monday.

School leaders say the main distribution electrical panel at Deltona Lakes Elementary was damaged due to a short caused by downed power lines.

School Administrators at DeLand Middle School have not yet decided whether to reopen that school tomorrow.

The school's roof sustained some damage and administrators are not certain if it can be repaired on time.

All other Volusia schools will be open tomorrow.

Daytona Beach Community college says classes will be on a normal schedule tomorrow as well.
To Apply For FEMA Aid

To apply for FEMA help go to the FEMA Web site at or call Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

Citizens Property Insurance Emergency Operations Centers

Citizens Property Insurance opened three emergency operations centers after receiving more than 100 damage claims.

One is at the Lowe's store at 1751 Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange, to serve policyholders in the New Smyrna Beach area.

Another is in DeLand at Victoria Square at the corner of Woodland Boulevard and County Road 15-A.

In addition, there is one in Lady Lake at the Villages at Laurel Manor Recreation Center.

All three centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Tuesday.

Price Gouging Hotline

Florida Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson is urging people to report any problems with price gouging in the wake of the tornadoes.

It is against Florida law to charge exorbitant or excessive prices for essential items like gasoline, or food, water and ice, following the declaration of an emergency.

When Governor Crist declared an emergency for four Central Florida counties that triggered the activation of the statute.

If you feel you are being gouged, call 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352).


The United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties have set up an account if you would like to make a donation to the victims of the tornadoes.

Donations can be made at any SunTrust Bank, or you can mail a check to United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, 320 West Oak Terrace Drive, Suite 106, Leesburg, FL 34748.
Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Florida has mobilized several canteens, or mobile kitchens, in Central Florida in response to the deadly storms that struck early Friday morning.

Canteen Locations:

Lady Lake Mobile Home Park, 2934 Griffin View Road, Lady Lake
American Legion Hall, 699 West Lady Lake Blvd, Lady Lake
In Deland, The Salvation Army is in the Springhill Subdivision on Adelle Street and between the Hawthorne Hills Mobile Home Park and the Applewood Apartments on New Hampshire Drive.

Trey Jones, The Salvation Army's emergency disaster director, said the organization continues to serve in many of Central Florida's hardest hit area. "We are working with local emergency management officials to determine other areas in the community that need to be served."

On Friday, The Salvation Army in Lake County served 780 prepared meals and in Volusia County it served nearly 1,000 meals.

"We'll continue to serve meals as long as the need exists," Jones said. "As more areas are identified, the number of meals could go up."

The Salvation Army also has canteens from Orlando, Tampa and Brooksville on standby.