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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 5.67 Miles
-- Width 335 Yards
County/Area SUMTER
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-02-02 03:10:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 0ENE ROYAL
Begin Lat/Lon 28.8815/-82.0457
End Date 2007-02-02 03:16:00.0 EST-5
End Location 5ENE WILDWOOD
End Lat/Lon 28.8975/-81.9542
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 15/0
Property Damage 62.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A developing area of low pressure over the western Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, February 1 intensified and moved off the mid Atlantic coast Friday. Numerous thunderstorms developed out ahead of and along the associated cold front that pushed into southern Florida late Friday. The first tornado of the year to use the Enhanced Fujita Scale occurred just after 3 AM Friday in The Villages in northeast Sumter County. Several violent tornadoes were reported across central Florida early Friday morning. This violent tornado outbreak was the largest in Florida since the Kissimmee tornadoes of February 22-23, 1998. In addition to the tornadoes, gusty southwest winds ahead of the cold front combined with high tide to cause areas of minor coastal flooding along west and southwest facing shorelines north of Tampa Bay.
Event Narrative The tornado first touched down near the southeast corner of The Villages south of Lake Miona and moved rapidly to the east northeast at 55 MPH into Lake County. A FEMA report to Sumter County emergency management officials detailed damage to 1,145 homes with 200 destroyed during the 6 minutes the tornado was on the ground. A National Weather Service storm survey estimated maximum winds of 140 MPH. No fatalities were recorded in Sumter County and 15 injuries is a rough estimate.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 15 62.002M 2.00K
CRYSTAL RIVER CITRUS CO. FL 02/01/2007 18:05 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEVY (ZONE) LEVY (ZONE) FL 02/02/2007 00:35 EST-5 Coastal Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CITRUS (ZONE) CITRUS (ZONE) FL 02/02/2007 00:35 EST-5 Coastal Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROYAL SUMTER CO. FL 02/02/2007 03:10 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 15 62.000M 0.00K
FROSTPROOF POLK CO. FL 02/02/2007 08:00 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 2.00K 2.00K
Totals: 0 15 62.002M 2.00K