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NWS confirms Tallahassee tornado was high-end EF-0

Damage at the airport included a flipped plane and damaged hangar.
Credit: City of Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that the suspected tornado that struck Tallahassee at 11:43 a.m. is a high-end EF-0 tornado.

An EF-0 tornado has winds of 65-85 mph.

A damage assessment continues and more information will be available Wednesday night or Thursday. The available information remains preliminary.

Earlier Wednesday, the airport was temporarily shut down.

The tornado appeared to be heading right toward the radar site in Tallahassee and soon after, the radar was knocked offline. 

At 12:37 p.m., the NWS said no damage was suffered to the radar.

As of 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, there are no official reports of damage or injuries. But a damage assessment is ongoing at Tallahassee International Airport, which remained closed into the early afternoon hours.

Much of the northern part of Florida was in a marginal or “level 1” risk of severe weather Wednesday, as a cold front is pushing through the state.

The Tampa Bay area will see a few scattered showers Wednesday evening as the cold front pushes through, but thunderstorms and severe weather are not expected.

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