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NWS: Meridian Road Damage Caused by Tornado

Meridian Road storm damage
Posted at 2:26 PM, Apr 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-21 04:13:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Tree damage triggered by Sunday severe thunderstorms near Meridian Road and Maclay Road was determined to have been caused by a tornado.

A National Weather Service survey team reported Monday that the evidence of the tree damage was consistent with an EF-1 level tornado.  The system produce wind gusts estimated at 95 mph, creating sporadic tree damage along a well-defined path of just over 4 1/2 miles.

The survey team notes most of the damage was centered around Meridian Road and Maclay Road when the storm struck early Sunday afternoon.  There was no structural damage, though a fallen tree did crush an automobile. Amazingly, no one was injured in that car.

It is important to note how close this tornado was to so many populated areas. The tornado's track was less than two miles away from I-10, Hwy 27, and Thomasville Rd. / Hwy 319