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06junAll DayOrlando (Orange County, FL)

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Start Time: 7:20 pm EDT

End Time:  7:32 pm EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 100-105

Path length: 5.1 miles

Width: 500 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County: Orange

State:  Florida

Start Lat/Lon: 28.4701 / -81.3559

End Lat/Lon:  28.5439 / -81.3636


National Weather Service Melbourne Damage Survey confirms that a waterspout/tornado moved north along a 5.1 mile path from Lake Conway to Thornton Park. The peak intensity was estimated at 100-105 mph.

A waterspout formed on west-central Lake Conway at approximately 720 pm and traveled north, briefly coming onshore and crossing Hoffner Avenue, then moving back over water, crossing Little Lake Conway. The waterspout moved back onshore as a tornado at the south end of Ferncreek Avenue. The tornado nearly paralleled Ferncreek Avenue and Martin Street as it moved nearly due north, crossing State Road 408, and lifting at Lake Lawsona Park at  approximately 732 pm.

Damage was continuous along a 5.1 mile swath with a width of 350-500 yards. As the tornado came onshore at Hoffner Avenue it briefly attained EF-1 intensity (peak winds estimated at 85-90 mph) resulting in severe damage to the roof of a lakefront home and numerous large trees toppled. Damage along much of the remainder of the path was rated EF-0 (winds estimated 65-85 mph).

The EF-0 damage consisted generally of uprooted trees, toppled trees, and snapped large branches. Several large trees fell onto homes, causing significant damage mainly to roofs. Multiple vehicles were damaged due to fallen large branches and downed trees. 

The tornado reached peak intensity of EF-1 in the vicinity of Ferncreek Avenue, Lake Margaret Drive and Carmia Drive (estimated peak winds 100-105 mph). Several one story apartment buildings lost significant portions of their roofs.

City of Orlando preliminary damage assessment indicates 2 homes with severe damage, 14 with moderate damage, and 11 with minor damage. 

There were no injuries or fatalities. As the tornado moved through the highly urbanized area, numerous local residents witnessed the tornado and provided many videos and photos.

NWS Melbourne appreciates the assistance provided by the City of Orlando Office of Emergency Management, Orange County Fire Rescue, Orange County Emergency Management, Orlando News Media, and the many spotters and residents that provided videos, photos, and additional details.


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