PHOTOS: Possible Tornado Causes Damage, Injures 2 in Florida; Severe Threat Shifts South and East
A possible tornado touched down in the Florida Panhandle early Monday morning, cutting a path of destruction though the town Blountsville, Fla. — a map-dot about 45 miles northeast of Panama City Beach. Images from the area show numerous overturned and severely damaged vehicles in and around the Calhoun Correctional Institute.
According to Tallahassee Democrat, the prison was on partial lockdown this morning. Two of the facility’s employees suffered minor injures as they were reporting to work at 4 a.m., on Monday. A perimeter fence was also partially torn down and a couple of outbuildings on the prison’s campus were damaged as well. The fence is expected to be repaired later today.
“…no one escaped from the facility, which has a maximum capacity of 1,354 inmates,” reports the Panama City News-Herald.
Since that possible early-morning tornado touchdown, there have been numerous tornado warnings across the state of Florida and even into parts of southwest Georgia and southeast Alabama. Thus far, few of those other warnings have yielded any damage.
But the threat for severe weather will continue for parts of the East Coast and central Florida through the remainder of the day.
The main threat will be hail and high winds, but an isolated tornado can’t be totally ruled out. Cities like Vero Beach, Melbourne, Fla., Fort Meyers and Wilmington. N.C. should remain weather aware thought the late evening hours on Monday.
See some of the pictures from the most heavily hit areas.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond