Start Time: 11:26 am EST End Time:
Start Time: 11:26 am EST
End Time: 11:30 am EST
Estimated Peak Winds: 90-100 mph
Path length: 4.4 miles
Width: 265 yards
Start Lat/Lon: 29.0023 / -81.3514
End Lat/Lon: 29.0264 / -81.2841
National Weather Service Melbourne conducted a damage survey on January 6, 2020 and confirmed an EF-1 tornado in DeLand. Peak winds were estimated between 90 and 100 mph, along a 4.40 mile long and 265 yard wide path. The tornado generally moved northeast beginning over Lake Beresford, moved onshore near South Beresford Road, clipping the southern side of Woodward Avenue Elementary School, crossing multiple streets, subdivisions, a large park, a nursing home, and dissipating near the intersection of Colorado Avenue and New York Avenue. Preliminary damage estimates indicate several large trees toppled, numerous large branches downed, two homes with major roof damage, significant roof damage to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building, structural damage at Melching Field and Earl Brown Park, 8-10 power poles snapped at the base, and 10 additional structures with lesser, minor-moderate damage.
NWS Melbourne thanks Volusia County Emergency Management, City of DeLand Fire Department, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management for their assistance with the DeLand tornado survey. We also wish to thank WESH-TV2 and a DeLand resident for providing detailed accounts of storm impacts.
Update on January 8, 2020. An eyewitness report was received that indicated the DeLand Tornado had a longer path than what was originally determined by the NWS Melbourne damage survey. A resident on a large paddleboat on Lake Beresford observed the tornado touching down just southwest of his location on the lake. The tornado moved onshore causing tree damage to a nearby property near South Beresford Road. As the tornado continued northeast it resulted in small to large branches downed along South Ridgewood Avenue and Faito Road. This new information lengthens the tornado track to 4.40 miles and start time is one minute earlier at 1126 am EST.