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Work begins Monday on developing a waiting list for residents in Century needing housing repair or reconstruction assistance as a result of the February 15 tornado.

The twister, an EF-3 with 155 mph winds, destroyed or damaged more than 150 homes in Century. Among them was the wood frame house owned by Doug Lewis and his family, where they’d lived for more than 40 years.

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Help is on the way for tornado victims in north Escambia County, through an executive order issued Monday by Gov. Rick Scott.

The Governor’s declaration comes after the Escambia County Commission declared a local state of emergency. Scott also met with Sheriff David Morgan last week aboard NAS Pensacola. Escambia County’s Safety Director Mike Weaver says this opens the door for possible additional funding to the county for housing assistance.

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Helping hands are busy in Century, for residents impacted by Monday’s EF-3 tornado.

A steady stream of people have been coming into the Century Community Center to register with the American Red Cross. Among them is Doug Lewis; he and his wife Shirley lost their wood frame house where they’ve lived for 44 years.

“And I saw it coming, and I hollered, said ‘Get in the hallway’ and that’s where we stood,” said Lewis. “And from the time I left the dining room window until we got into the hallway it seemed like only five minutes – then it was all over.”

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The numbers are coming in from Monday’s tornado that hit Century and McDavid. Relief efforts are also being ramped up.

Yes, it was a tornado.

“We’ve given it a preliminary rating of EF3, because of some damage in and around the Century area,” said Doug Butts at the National Weather Service in Mobile. “The way the damage rating system works is that if you have one or two spots of EF3-worthy damage, then the whole track is EF3.

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With a little help from their friends, Century residents hit by Monday’s severe storm are beginning to pick up the pieces. An investigation is also underway.

Up to 50 homes and businesses were either damaged or outright destroyed by the winds, which is believed to have been a tornado that touched down in a wooded neighborhood near U.S. 29.

Dosh says commercial and not-for-profit organizations are out working to complete damage assessments, as are the county, Town of Century and various agencies.

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Century residents hit by Monday’s severe storm are beginning to pick up the pieces. An investigation by the National Weather Service is also underway.

Up to 50 homes and businesses were either damaged or outright destroyed by the winds, which is believed to have been a tornado that touched down in a wooded neighborhood near U.S. Highway 29.

John Dosh, Escambia County’s Emergency Manager, says commercial and not-for-profit organizations are out working to complete damage assessments.

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A storm packing a suspected tornado razed at least 30 homes in Century, along with downing power lines and trees Monday afternoon. One woman was dug out of the rubble of her home, and is said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

“We always hate to hear of this type of event occurring, but it does happen periodically in our part of the world, We’re just very, very fortunate that we didn’t lose anybody in this event,’ said John Dosh, Escambia County Emergency Manager.

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The University of West Florida and Town of Century are teaming up to develop a marketing plan to benefit the north Escambia County area.

The plan centers on helping Century beef up its business assets, then promote the town to site selectors, and firms looking to expand or re-locate.

“It was about a year and a half ago that we were first contracted to establish an economic development strategic plan that was paid for by a grant that the town received from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity” said Brice Harris at UWF’s Haas Business Center.

  Economic development efforts in the Town of Century are getting ratcheted up, through a new partnership with the University of West Florida.

The Escambia County Commission voted unanimously last week to approve the contract between the Century Chamber of Commerce and the Haas Center, for the latter to take over implementation of a plan it developed for Century.

Cindy Anderson, a former TEAM Santa Rosa executive director, spent about a year overseeing the Chamber’s economic development efforts. She now has a similar job with the Northwest Florida Manufacturer’s Council.

Qualifying for candidates seeking local offices kicked off at noon on Monday. Candidates have until noon Friday to file at the Supervisor of Elections Office.

Plenty of seats are up for grabs, including two on the Escambia County Commission; three each on the County School Board and Pensacola City Council, along with the Pensacola mayor’s office. Add to that, Districts One and Two on the Florida House of Representatives, and state Senate District Two.

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A delegation from Century is heading to Dothan this week, in hopes of luring businesses and jobs from China to north Escambia County.

The Century Town Council last month approved about $3,700 in economic development funding to staff the U.S.-China Manufacturing Symposium on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Mayor Freddie McCall is leading the entourage from Century – which is the only small community in the Florida Panhandle to be invited.