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Storm Assessment Confirms Mitchell Co. Tornado

Mitchell County Tornado map (01/02/2017)
Posted at 4:31 PM, Jan 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-03 16:31:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Staff from the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service have conducted on-site surveys of storm damage left over from severe thunderstorms that raked the region Monday night.

The first of several assessments produced a confirmation of an EF-1 strength tornado in northern Mitchell County.  The survey crew's preliminary findings indicate peak wind gusts reached 90 to 95 mph during the tornado's four-mile trek from the Flint River east and northeast across northern Mitchell County, passing over U.S. 19 in the process.

The tornado was estimated to be on the ground approximately eight minutes.

Pecan trees were uprooted and pine trees were snapped in the vicinity of the tornado's path.  Damage to rooftops was also noted near Stage Coach Road.