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State of emergency in 2 north Florida counties

Posted at 3:30 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 15:30:55-05

(NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Cleanup is underway in northern Florida after severe weather moved through the area Tuesday evening.

A tornado ripped a 2-mile path through Pensacola, destroying apartments, townhomes, vehicles and trees in its path.

At last report, at least 70 homes and 24 apartments suffered severe damage.

Power crews are also on the scene working to restore power to some 2,700 homes.

Wednesday morning Governor Rick Scott toured the devastation and pledged to get displaced residents back into their homes as quickly as possible. “The city is going to do their job. The county is going to do their job and the state is going to do their job and were going to make sure any resources we can get from the federal government we make that happen."

The governor declared a state of emergency in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties following the severe weather.