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NWS issues preliminary survey on TLH tornado

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 19:11:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The National Weather Service issued its preliminary survey for the tornado at the Tallahassee International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

NWS says it was an E-0 tornado, a categorically weak tornado with winds 65 to 85 mph.

A tornado touched down a few miles west of the Tallahassee International airport. The preliminary touch down point is estimated by radar. Once the tornado reached the airport, it spun a CRJ plane 90 degrees and flipped a small piper plane upside down.

There was also damage to a few hangars with a small percentage of metal roofing uplifted.

One hangar had large canvas doors on both sides, which were shredded with the support structure of one of the canvas doors that wrenched free.

A bit further east on the west end of the employee lot, one small hardwood tree was uprooted and fell onto two cars.

A few narrow pine trees were snapped in the immediate vicinity. No other trees in the lot were damaged. The tornado may have lifted briefly as it tracked east-southeast across sparsely populated areas. It did snap a large Branch on a tree near Crawfordville Road and rRehwinkle Drive.

There were several thin pines snapped along a half-mile stretch of Tram Road just west of Capital Circle SE. Many of these trees Were likely weakened by Hurricane Michael.

Damage was done to a few small trees along the southern periphery of the Southwood Community, along Shumard Oak Blvd. and Four Oaks Blvd. There were then sporadic instances along Tram Road east of Southwood as far as a mile east of St. Joe Road.

Additional surveys might be needed on Thursday. Additional information will be added this summary if needed.