Tropical Cyclone Potential Tornado Impact
 for East Central Florida

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Impact Levels
Tornado – Potential Impact Descriptions
Extreme
Potential for Extreme Impact: Aggressive preparations should be made for the threat of major to catastrophic tornado and/or waterspout damage. If realized, expect numerous locations to experience tornadoes and waterspouts, with many possibly strong or violent in intensity and having longer and wider damage tracks. Descriptions are consistent with a historic outbreak event where multiple significant tornadoes and waterspouts are very likely to occur.
High
Potential for High Impact: Aggressive preparations should be made for the threat of major tornado and/or waterspout damage. If realized, expect numerous locations to experience tornadoes and waterspouts, with several of them possibly strong or violent in intensity and having longer and wider damage tracks. Descriptions are consistent with an outbreak event where multiple tornadoes and waterspouts are likely to occur.  
Moderate
Potential for Moderate Impact: Preparations should be made for the threat of moderate tornado and/or waterspout damage. If realized, expect scattered locations to experience tornadoes and waterspouts, with a few of them possibly strong or violent in intensity. Descriptions are consistent with an event where multiple tornadoes and waterspouts are more likely to occur than not to occur.
Low
Potential for Low but Concerning Impact: Preparations should be made for the threat of minor to locally moderate tornado and/or waterspout damage. If realized, expect isolated to widely scattered locations to experience tornadoes and waterspouts. Descriptions are consistent with an event where multiple tornadoes and waterspouts are less likely to occur than to occur.  
None
Potential for Little to No Impact: Preparations are not needed as appreciable damage is unlikely. However, showers and thunderstorms with strong wind gusts may still occur.       

Tornadoes which cause minor to moderate damage: An EF-0 tornado is weaker in intensity on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale causing minor damage. Damage to chimneys, porches, screen houses, and lighter-weight outbuildings; a few downed trees and power lines; large signs blown over. Tornado wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph. An EF-1 tornado is of moderate intensity on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale causing moderate damage. Mobile homes are moved off foundations or overturned; roof surfaces peeled off buildings; cars blown off roads; several large trees downed and some power outages. Tornado wind speeds of 86 to 109 mph.

Tornadoes which cause major to catastrophic damage: EF-2 to EF-5 tornadoes are considered significant and are increasingly strong-violent in intensity on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale causing major damage, even up to complete destruction. Mobile homes are completely demolished; numerous large trees snapped off, totally uprooted, or debarked; small debris objects (lawn mowers, smaller sections of roofs) become airborne missiles. Power outages are substantial, extending over larger areas. Structural damage to sturdy buildings realized, especially roof and wall failures. However, in the worst situations, well-constructed walls fail or are even removed; large debris objects (cars, trucks, larger sections of roofs) become airborne missiles causing further structural failures. Tornado wind speeds 110 mph or greater, and in the worst situations 200 mph or greater.

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