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Severe Storms, Tornadoes Lash Florida Again

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An EF-1 tornado moved through Fort Myers, Florida on Friday morning, causing damage to homes and making it the second tornado to impact heavily-populated portions of southwest Florida in less than a week.

Friday’s tornado was only on the ground for two minutes, but it moved through Fort Myers’ South Pointe neighborhood, tearing roofs off houses and leaving behind a trail of destruction before it lifted after producing winds estimated to be about 100 miles-per-hour (MPH). No injuries were reported with this twister. Last week, however, an EF-2 tornado caused three injuries and damaged nearly 200 homes in nearby Cape Coral, making it the second confirmed tornado to hit Lee County in less than a week.

More severe storms are forecast for early Sunday morning with another area of low pressure, with the possibility for more tornadoes in central and south Florida, continuing an unusually active pattern for the Sunshine State for what is traditionally the area’s dry season.

El Niño, the warming of sea-surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean, is behind this active series of severe weather across the South. The unusually active subtropical jet stream, which is strengthened by El Niño, is transporting vigorous energy from the Pacific and into the region, including repeated bouts of severe weather.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on these severe storms.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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