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Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk County Tornado


JLM

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Regarding the tornado in the Tampa area yesterday, the National Weather Service rated it an EF2 in Pinellas County, and an EF1 into Hillsborough and Polk Counties. Hope everything is okay! @kinzyjr is everything alright there?

https://twitter.com/NWSTampaBay/status/1339650213305176064

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14 hours ago, JLM said:

Regarding the tornado in the Tampa area yesterday, the National Weather Service rated it an EF2 in Pinellas County, and an EF1 into Hillsborough and Polk Counties. Hope everything is okay! @kinzyjr is everything alright there?

https://twitter.com/NWSTampaBay/status/1339650213305176064

Here, things got a bit blustery.  On the north side of town, a much different story:

https://www.theledger.com/picture-gallery/news/disaster/2020/12/17/photos-day-after-tornado-cleaning-up-north-lakeland/3944379001/

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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1 hour ago, kinzyjr said:

Here, things got a bit blustery.  On the north side of town, a much different story:

https://www.theledger.com/picture-gallery/news/disaster/2020/12/17/photos-day-after-tornado-cleaning-up-north-lakeland/3944379001/

I'm glad you lucked out. It looks like cinder block homes were destroyed....that must have been very powerful! You don't usually even see that in hurricanes.

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15 minutes ago, chinandega81 said:

I'm glad you lucked out. It looks like cinder block homes were destroyed....that must have been very powerful! You don't usually even see that in hurricanes.

Thanks, that would be the last thing I'd want to deal with at this point.  North Lakeland has had several instances of tornadoes damaging property over the last year or two.  Kathleen HS had damage from the last set of tornadoes in late 2019: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-polk/reported-tornado-damages-kathleen-middle-school-leading-to-school-cancellations

Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt or killed. 

This far inland, some of the worst hurricane damage appeared to be from tornadoes during Charley.  I remember seeing a lot of blue tarps over roofs in Lake Wales, and then not far away, a block home completely reduced to rubble.  It seems there were a lot of tornadoes during that hurricane and that would account for that level of damage.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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