A deadly tornado that tore through central Florida has killed more than 40 people, officials say.
The storm caused widespread destruction in the central part of the state, with the worst damage in Florida’s coastal areas.
Authorities say at least 40 people died and at least 20 others were injured in the storm in central Florida, which has been battered by hurricanes and wildfires.
FEMA said at least 10 people were killed and 40 were injured when a storm surge from a tropical storm in the middle of Florida caused a tornado that ripped through the central Florida Keys and slammed into the coastal town of Jacksonville.
The storm has killed at least 38 people in Florida, including two babies, and displaced dozens of others, officials said.
More than 1,100 structures have been damaged, the Florida Department of Transportation said.
Officials said they had not yet confirmed the cause of the tornado, but a National Weather Service forecaster said the storm was caused by a tropical cyclone.
A tornado warning was in effect for most of the county, including Broward County, which includes Jacksonville.
Florence County is under a tropical depression and the storm is moving toward Florida.
Hurricane season begins July 2 and runs through mid-August, with some states seeing the first rains from the season.
We are still experiencing a significant storm surge in the western United States, and we will be working with state and local partners to prepare for this, FEMA said.