It was Saturday morning, October 3, 1992. Many residents in Pinellas Park were quietly making their way through their Saturday chores or working on home projects. Retired couples were watching their favorite shows in their recliners or playing cards in the front rooms of their mobile homes. Little did they know that unexpected severe thunderstorms were about to erupt across their little corner of west-central Florida. Five tornadoes were produced in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area that morning. Two of the twisters caused fatalities. This summary details the strongest and most deadly tornado to occur on this day.
Three tornadoes occurred on December 27, 1997 in the state of Florida. The strongest was given an F2 rating. It developed in the Lake Region Mobile Home Park along US Highway 27 and County Road 544 in Polk County. Several residents remarked that the tornado sounded like “a high-pitched whine”. Many mobile homes had major to severe damage.
A quick-hitting F2 tornado moved through parts of southern Miami-Dade County on December 20, 1973. It was one of 2 tornadoes to strike the area. The other hit near Kendall and was later rated F1.
A total of 7 early AM tornadoes occurred across parts of the south on December 10, 1967. We look at one of those in this summary. It hit in the panhandle of Florida around Fort Walton Beach around 315 am. A total of 35 homes and 9 businesses were destroyed. Another 290 homes had some sort of damage.
This quick-hitting tornado developed about a mile east of Interstate 75 near Riverview, 12 miles SE of Tampa. It took 4 minutes for this tornado to travel 2 miles. Most of the damage was to the Cowley Cove mobile home complex.
It was the second tornado to hit in the matter of days across the Naples area. The first hit on November 9 and resulted in 2 fatalities and 17 injuries. Two days later, another estimated F2 began off Vanderbilt Beach as a waterspout. It moved into North Naples destroying 5 homes and damaging 12 others.
The SPC Database lists all tornado start times in CST. The tornado we are looking at today is officially found in the database under November 1 with a start time of 2345 CST. It officially occurred though on November 2 at 0045 EST. The NCDC database has the event on November 2. At the time, this was the strongest tornado to ever hit Volusia County (Information via NWS).
Two Florida tornadoes were confirmed on October 19, 1958. An F1 in Sarasota County and a stronger F3 that moved 20+ miles through parts of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. It began from Pahokee to near Indiantown.
This summary looks at a hurricane-spawned tornado that hit Apalachicola, FL. Per Thomas Grazulis, there were 100 injuries and 2 fatalities. He gives it a rating of F3.
In this summary, we look at an F2 spawned by Hurricane Ivan. Per the September 2004 Storm Data Publication, Ivan made landfall as a category 3 hurricane on September 16, just west of Gulf Shores, Alabama.