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Tornado Damages WMEL

Florida Class B AM awaiting transformer for transmitter

WMEL(AM), Cocoa Beach, Fla. is trying to recover from tornado damage.

The station says in a message on its website that a tornado ripped off the roof of the building Sunday afternoon, leading to “extensive damage” to its transmission equipment.

Power fluctuations damaged the main supply transformer for the transmitter, according to the station.

Although the transmitter for the signal at 1300 kHz is off air, talk-formatted WMEL is still able to stream its signal over the Internet.

Rama Communications owns the Class B facility, broadcasting 5,000 watts day/1,000 watts night, according to the FCC’s database.

WMEL anticipates the transmitter may be off air until Tuesday or Wednesday until a replacement transformer can be shipped and installed.