Clean up efforts are underway in the City of Brandon following the tornado that hit the area Monday.
"We think it was an EF 2 tornado it went all the way through Brandon and came out on the Eastern side," said Mayor Butch Lee. "We have 75 structures that are damaged, six with significant damage."
Cleanup crews on the ground in Brandon are working to remove debris and other damage from heavily traveled streets. Work is being done on College Street as well as many other areas.
"We have a tremendous amount of cleanup to do," said Mayor Lee. "We want everyone to be safe and cautious. So, the streets are open again. Schools opened this morning which is a welcome. And just want people to be safe as they interact and please stay off streets where they see workers working."
Mayor Lee, along with the Brandon police chief, have been surveying areas and assisting in every way possible to get the city back to normal. Mayor Lee says the city started out with more than four thousand power outages Tuesday night.
"It gradually came down to 125 last night," said the mayor. "Entergy just reported we are down to 24 I think and one of their goals is to get us down to zero by dark today."
Mayor Lee says right now, there's no report of any injuries. He says there is a tremendous amount of cleanup to do so he wants residents to be cautious when they are driving on the roads. He says the city curfew has been lifted.
As for Brandon Day, it will remain scheduled as planned, and will last through Saturday at Shiloh Park.
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