Roop Vision

Tuesday, December 26, 2006 (11:52 am)

Tornadoes Rip Through Central Florida.

Filed under: Weather — daweathaman @ 11:52 am

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

By Charles E. Roop

Gainesville was lucky compared to what happened in other parts of the state. One of the first reports that came in was a confirmed tornado touchdown 3 miles from Lake City. Four buildings were demolished from that tornado.

The National Weather Service in Ruskin (Tampa Bay) reported two injuries from a possible tornado in Pasco County near the intersection of I-75 and State Road 52.

Moments later, the NWS in Melbourne reported a possible tornado in Leesburg. Hours later, a possible – and later confirmed – tornado hit in De Land.


The National Weather Service said Monday that an F2 tornado touched
down in Daytona Beach, and weather assessors said Tuesday morning that
it appears a lower level F2 also touched down in DeLand.

At the
Sutton Place Apartments on Nova Road in Daytona Beach, roofs and walls
are gone, exposing the residents’ belongings to the elements.

Daytona Beach police have the complex on lockdown to make sure no one loots or gets hurt.

tornado struck the apartments around 1:45 p.m. on Monday. At least 150
people were evacuated from the two-story, wood-frame apartment complex.
There are 240 units, and many sustained significant damage.


Six people were injured at the apartments but none of the injuries was life-threatening.


The National Weather Service confirmed that an F2 tornado packing winds
around 120 mph tore through the Daytona Beach [Embry-Riddle] campus on Christmas Day.
The twister damaged 50 of the teaching planes tethered to the tarmac.

Even with a tornado warning, the few people on campus didn’t have enough time to prepare.

This was created by a strong storm system that formed over the gulf during the weekend. Upper and lower level wind conditions and some moderate instability created conditions favorable for tornadoes and strong thunderstorm winds. 

As for the future, the Storm Prediction Center stated in their experimental 4-8 day severe weather outlook that conditions could be ripe for severe weather before New Years. I will keep an eye on this possibility.


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