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NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Leon County Thursday night

Tornado traveled almost 11 miles across county
Posted at 1:45 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 16:52:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-1 tornado moved through northern Tallahassee into Bradfordville Thursday night, leaving destruction in its wake.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an EF-1 tornado means that the twister caused moderate damage and likely carried wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph.

Officials say the tornado made its path through the Lake Jackson and Bradfordville area Thursday evening. Friday afternoon, the NWS released more details about the tornado's track.

They say storm started in the Lake Jackson area, touched down just south of North Monroe Street and moved east into a neighborhood where there was widespread limb and tree damage.

It likely then crossed over the lake and impacted Elinor Klapp Phipps Park where snapped tree trunks were observed. There, they say it produced some of the most widespread tree damage, including snapped trucks, near Ox Bottom Road before crossing Thomasville Road.

From there, it moved northeast through Killearn Estates and Killearn Acres with additional widespread tree and limb damage and a few spots of snapped and uprooted trees.

The last area of significant damage was additional snapped trees on Bradfordville Road. At that point, they say tree damage was sporadic to the east as the tornado lifted.

Of all the damage the tornado inflicted, the highest damage was rated 95 mph due to snapped trees but the NWS says the majority of the damage was EF-0 type tree damage.

At least one person died after the storms left the area, according to the Leon County Sheriff's office. That death is now being investigated to see if it was storm-related, but at this time, it does not appear to be related to the tornado.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for details.