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NWS: EF-1 tornado touchdown confirmed in Madison County

Posted at 5:15 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 15:08:13-05

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.

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.