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NWS confirms tornadoes in Georgia, Florida from Thursday’s severe weather

4D Exact Track radar at 3:15 p.m. on 3/18/21
4D Exact Track radar at 3:15 p.m. on 3/18/21

Friday morning the National Weather Service in Jacksonville confirmed two EF-0 tornadoes that touched down in Georgia and Florida Thursday afternoon.

Georgia:

A squall line of strong to severe storms tracked east Thursday afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. Two cells along the leading edge of the front produced a brief EF-0 tornado that touched down in Pierce County. It was reported that an Emergency Manager and Fire Chief saw a tornado briefly touch down and cause four trees to fall.

This tornado had a recorded peak wind of 75 mph and had a track of roughly 1 mile.

Florida:

Down in Florida, another strong cell produced an EF-0 tornado in Gilchrist-Alachua County where it was reported that a barn fell on a tractor during the first touchdown. When the tornado touched down again a roof on a carport was peeled back and caused trees to fall, one of which fell on a car.

This tornado had a recorded peak wind of 81 mph and had a track of roughly 12 miles.


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