PNSTAE
FLZ017-042000-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
250 PM EDT JUL 3 2009

...STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE CONFIRMED IN TALLAHASSEE FROM 
THURSDAY'S STORM...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE SURVEYED THE DAMAGE 
TODAY ALONG APALACHEE PARKWAY AND THE INDIAN HEAD SUBDIVISION AND 
CONFIRMED THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. THE 
FIRST INCIDENT OF SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ON SOUTH MONROE 
STREET ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF APALACHEE PARKWAY. IN THIS AREA... 
AROUND 90 FEET OF THE ROOF OF THE ALLTEL BUILDING WAS PEELED BACK. 
NO OTHER STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN THIS AREA. THE INTENSITY 
OF THE WIND IN THIS LOCATION IS RATED AT 70 TO 75 MPH. THE NEXT AREA 
OF DAMAGE SURVEYED WAS THE TOYS R US SHOPPING CENTER BETWEEN OLD 
SAINT AUGUSTINE ROAD AND APALACHEE PARKWAY. AT THE TOYS R US...AN 80 
FOOT BY 10 FOOT WIDE SECTION OF ROOFING MATERIAL WAS REMOVED. TWO 
AIR CONDITIONING UNITS WERE ALSO MOVED FROM THEIR LOCATION ON THE 
ROOF. ONE OF THESE UNITS ROLLED ACROSS THE TOP OF THE ROOF AND FELL 
ONTO AN ADJACENT STRUCTURE. A PORTION OF THE ROOF DID COLLAPSE INTO 
THE STORE CAUSING WATER DAMAGE INSIDE. ABOUT 500 YARDS TO THE NORTH- 
NORTHEAST A FEW PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG THE PARKWAY. THESE 
PINES WERE AROUND 9 TO 12 INCHES IN DIAMETER. A FEW SMALLER TREES 
WERE SNAPPED ACROSS THE PARKING LOT CAUSING DAMAGE TO PARKED CARS. 
THE MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF THE WIND AT THE TOYS R US SHOPPING CENTER 
WAS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 85 MPH. TO THE SOUTH OF THE TOYS R 
US...NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OR DOWNED THROUGHOUT THE INDIAN 
HEAD SUBDIVISION. THIS DAMAGE EXTENDED AROUND ONE HALF A MILE 
DIRECTLY SOUTH OF THE TOYS R US AND EASTWARD TO HALF A MILE WEST OF 
BLAIRSTONE ROAD. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG OLD 
SAINT AUGUSTINE ROAD ABOUT 1 BLOCK EAST OF LAFAYETTE STREET AND ON 
APAKIN NENE ROAD. DAMAGE IN THIS LOCATION WAS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS 
UP TO 75 MPH. IN SUMMARY...DAMAGE OBSERVED APPEARED CONSISTENT WITH 
A STRAIGHT LINE WIND EVENT AS NO CIRCULATION PATTERN WAS EVIDENT IN 
THE DAMAGE FIELD. STORMS OF THIS INTENSITY CAN INDEED CAUSE DAMAGE 
THAT IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF A TORNADO. IN FACT...THE WIND SPEEDS 
PRODUCED BY THIS STORM WOULD COMPARE TO THAT OF A STRONG EF-0 
TORNADO ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. 

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GODSEY

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