Tornado Strength In Florida

TORNADO STRENGTH MEASURES HURRICANE STRENGTH COMPARISON
Fujita or F-Scale Saffir-Simpson Scale
F0 40-72 MPH - slight damage Tropical Storm 
F1 73-112 MPH - moderate damage CAT 1 (74-95 MPH) through CAT  2 (96-110 MPH)
F2 113-157 MPH - considerable damage CAT 3 (111-130 MPH) through CAT 4 (131-155 MPH)
F3 158-206 MPH - severe destruction CAT 5 >155 MPH
F4 207-260 MPH - complete destruction  
F5 261 and greater - complete devastation  

 



The vast majority of Florida tornadoes are weak. There has never been an F5
tornado documented in Florida - and only 4 F4's


F0 damage example

Picture Representative of typical F0 Tornado Damage in Florida (New Smyrna Beach). Damage primarily to structures attached to houses such as screen rooms, awnings, or non-anchored outbuildings and structures.


F1 damage example

Picture Representative of F1 Tornado Damage in Florida (New Smyrna Beach). Severe roof damage, windows, and doors broken, trees down and cars flipped over, but integrity of structures generally remains.


F2 damage example

Picture Representative of F2 Tornado Damage in Florida (New Smyrna Beach). Typically roofs are gone or mostly gone with most walls remaining standing.


F3 damage exmple

Picture Representative of F3 Tornado Damage in Florida (New Smyrna Beach). Two-story frame house leveled with 2nd floor totally gone and first floor nearly a total loss.


F4 damage example

Picture Representative of F4 Tornado Damage in Florida (Kissimmee). Concrete Block/Stucco house totally destoyed much of contents swept off the foundation. An F5 would leave a bare concrete slab!


There has never been an F5 Tornado reported in Florida!

 



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