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More Storm Surveys Confirm Additional Tornado Damage

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Posted at 10:45 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 22:45:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The local National Weather Service officials involved in ongoing assessments of damage from weekend storms released a set of findings late Tuesday:

  • Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, a tornado originated near Pasco in Thomas County and traveled more than 18 miles into northern Brooks County. At its strongest point, west of Barney, the tornado produced damage consistent with EF-2 strength on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. 
  • The Adel tornado, forming from the same thunderstorm cell minutes later, received an EF-3 rating based on the destruction noted at the Sunshine Acres mobile home park.
  • As the storm tracked into Berrien County, EF-3-level damage was noted by NWS officials.
  • A separate tornado, starting around 7 a.m. and lasting four minutes, caused Ef-1 damage in western Lowndes County.  The tornado had impacts around the Stone Creek Golf Club.
  • The strong tornado south of Albany received a revised rating of EF-3.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes based on the magnitude of damage, and includes estimated wind gust speeds.  Rankings start at EF-0 (with estimated 65-85 mph gusts) to EF-5 (200 mph gusts or higher).