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As recovery and clean up in the aftermath of last night’s tornado began today in Pensacola, the shear swath of devastation left behind was especially stark from above. The Pulse captured the aerial scenes as residents, utility crews and first responders worked throughout the day.

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Damage of the Moorings apartment complex off Olive Road and Scenic Highway in Pensacola. Large pine trees were thrown more than 300 feet over the complex and into neighboring units.(Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

Morning damage assessments crews documented 14 destroyed, 40 major and 100 minor damaged structures within the two mile path of the tornado. Crews are still assessing and they expect numbers will grow.

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Multiple townhomes on Scenic Highway were swept away by the tornado last night as it cut a two mile swath through northeast Pensacola. (Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

County officials have stated only residents, with proof of residency in the impacted areas, are now allowed back into their neighborhoods. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is maintaining checkpoints.

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The Northpointe neighborhood suffered major damage as dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed. (Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

Governor Rick Scott has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties as a result of the tornado. As of this afternoon, officials say there have been no fatalities or major injuries related to the tornado.

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Heavily damaged homes off Tradewinds Drive in Pensacola. (Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

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