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Tornado Hits Tallahassee, Damages Airport

27 Jan 2021, 2:59 pm

A confirmed tornado swept through the southern side of Tallahassee Wednesday morning, with damage reported by the National Weather Service at the Tallahassee International Airport and in the Southwood area.

The Tallahassee airport was closed shortly after the tornado hit so officials could access damage. It reopened about two hours after the incident.

The airport is home to the Tallahassee Weather Radar which stopped transmitting data shortly after the tornado signature moved over the area.

According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, radar techs were on their way to access damage shortly after 12:10 p.m. EST. Data from the radar site resumed function around 12:45 p.m. EST.

These photos, taken shortly after the tornado moved through. Multiple large branches can been seen broken on the ground.

Heavy rain can be seen in the above video, taken around the time the tornado was moving through the area.

This comes just two days after a deadly EF-3 tornado ripped through Fultondale, Alabama on Monday.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Tallahassee conducted a storm survey on Wednesday afternoon and determined the tornado’s damage was equivalent to EF-0 status.  They estimated the path length of the tornado to be nearly 17 miles and the maximum width to be 200 yards!

This article will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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