MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A large tornado tore through Madison County early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The "large and extremely dangerous" tornado was spotted 11 miles from Madison around 3:15 a.m. and moved west of Cherry Lake.
Monday afternoon, NWS confirmed EF-1 tornado damage in Madison County. EF-1 tornadoes have wind speeds of 86 to 110 miles per hour.
This is what we know about the confirmed tornado this morning in Madison County, FL. It was tagged with a PDS Tornado Warning and there are damage reports in this area. We'll know more after NWS surveys the damage. @abc27 #FLwx pic.twitter.com/bfIHNdZNIh— Reid Lybarger (@ReidLybarger) November 30, 2020
The NWS said the tornado initially touched down near NW Little Cat Road in Madison, causing significant tree damage and minor structural damage to a home along County Road 150.
The damage to the surrounding trees continued as the tornado moved northeast across a quail farm on Boggy Bay Road, damaging farm outbuildings along the way. The NWS reports the tornado was likely at its widest point, at EF-1 strength, and later narrowed as it crossed County Road 253 where it snapped a "significant number" of pine trees.
Shortly after that, the tornado weakened and lifted just south of State Road 53 near the Florida-Georgia line.
Maximum wind speeds were estimated to be 105 mph. At it's widest point, the NWS reports the twister covered 475 yards.