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Calhoun County, FL

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
1/28/1952 530 am F1 0.5 17 0 3 $25,000 SD, SPC
6/20/1961 1249 pm F0 0.5 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
12/10/1967 900 am F2 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

One home was destroyed between Blountstown and Altha. A barn and three other homes were damaged.

5/8/1972 915 am F2 0.3 27 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

One home was unroofed and one was damaged, 5m NE of Blountstown.

1/12/1975 1045 am F2 21 50 0 0 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

A family of tornadoes skipped NE from the Gulf of Mexico, SW of Panama City, 170 or more miles to Turner County, Georgia.

7/7/1975 1257 pm F0 0.1 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/4/1979 840 am F1 1 30 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

A small tornado dipped into Blountstown, unroofing one brick home and tearing apart several businesses.

10/25/1981 430 pm F2 7 50 0 12 $2,500,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved due N from near Hwy-71 on the SW side of Blountstown. About 75 homes were hit, three of which were destroyed. The high school football stadium was also destroyed.

12/5/1982 630 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD
11/11/1995 954 am F0 0.1 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office reported a tornado touched down on the northwest side of Highway 73 near State Road 274.

1/15/1997 1143 pm F2 0.5 150 0 1 $50,000 SD, SPC

A tornado completely destroyed a frame home badly injuring a man. Other nearby homes received minor damage. Scores of trees were snapped or uprooted.

11/15/1997 1145 pm F1 0.5 50 0 0 $50,000 SD, SPC

A tornado pushed one mobile home over, damaged another and destroyed a shed. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted.

10/24/1997 1134 am F1 0.5 75 0 0 $100,000 SD, SPC

Small F1 tornado destroyed storage sheds, mobile home and pickup truck along Florida Highway 73. One 24" diameter tree uprooted.

10/26/1997 1025 am F1 0.3 100 0 1 $50,000 SD, SPC

F1 tornado destroyed one home five miles west of Blountstown. One minor injury reported.

3/15/2001 630 am F2 2 150 0 0 $50,000 SD, SPC

An F2 tornado touched down just south of Kinard on the west side of SW J.A. Daniels Road. It damaged two sheds and two barns. It tracked northeast and crossed State Road 73, two-tenths of a mile south of Mark Barbee Lane, and uprooted numerous trees. From Mark Barbee Lane, the tornado continued its northeast track and severely damaged two vacant structures on SW Clayton Shiver Road, and then dissipated. Damage surveyed by the NWS Tallahassee WCM and reported by the Calhoun County EMA.

9/15/2004 906 pm F2 7 600 4 5 $2,500,000 SD, SPC

The supercell thunderstorm which spawned tornadoes in Franklin and Liberty counties, produced a strong F2 tornado, which touched down just southeast of Van Lierop Road, a few miles east of Highway 69. It crossed Highway 69 near the Stafford Creek Bridge, and peeled roofs from dozens of homes, uprooted trees, and scattered debris. The tornado then struck the Macedonia Community at Highway 69-A and Parrish Lake Road. It demolished three trailers and damaged 30 homes. The tornado picked up two neighboring mobile homes. One was thrown across a road and killed its two occupants. Another was slammed into a neighbor's house, which killed its two occupants and injured five others. Reported by the Calhoun County EMA. M55PH, F35PH, M41PH, F37PH

10/13/2014 320 pm EF0 2.58 30 0 0 $0 SD

The KTLH and KEVX dual-pol radars detected a tornadic debris signature about 2.9 miles west of Scotts Ferry. In addition, a member of the media conducted a survey of the area using an aerial drone. Although no damage to structures occurred, the tornado missed some residential and mobile homes by less than a mile in some cases. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted (over 30 estimated) along the path. The tornado was rated EF0 with winds estimated at 65 to 75 mph.

11/17/2014 417 am EF2 5.74 420 0 2 $2,000,000 SD

The tornado likely began in a heavily forested area with limited access just SW of the Calhoun Correctional Institution - between the prison grounds and Highway 71. The beginning point was estimated based on the rest of the damage path and a lack of observed damage along Highway 71. The tornado then quickly intensified as it moved into the prison grounds. Several concrete buildings were heavily damaged - including a two-story printing facility. The eastern wall of that particular building was completely collapsed with the roof almost entirely removed. An adjacent concrete building also had large sections of roof removed. The damage to both of these buildings was rated EF2 with maximum estimated winds of 120-130 mph - in the high end of the EF2 range. Other buildings, including some warehouses, were also damaged on the prison grounds. There were some light poles that were snapped, and some trees near the entrance to the facility were also snapped. All of that additional damage was rated EF1. Over 30 cars that were parked in the parking lot by the administrative building were damaged, and some were tossed or rolled as much as 50-100 yards - a few badly crumpled due to impacts. There were some objects driven into the ground near the parking lot as well; an emergency manager also observed a screwdriver driven into the bottom of a flipped vehicle. Some concrete curbs along the parking lot were ripped from the ground. After moving northeast off the prison grounds , the tornado crossed some forested area near the Apalachicola River , clipping areas along the southern tip of River Road and then crossing Highway 20 just west of the Apalachicola River bridge. There were numerous healthy, large trees that were snapped in the damage path, as well as some power poles. This portion of the damage path was rated EF1 with maximum winds of around 100 MPH. This tornado continued into Liberty county and eventually ended in Gadsden county. Monetary damage for this tornado was estimated at around $2 million. Structural damage to the prison was estimated at around $1.8 million, but the $1.8 million figure did not include fencing, lighting, or vehicle damage that also occurred.

1/22/2016 349 am EF0 1.17 50 0 0 $0 SD

Trees were blown down and a dual-pol tornadic debris signature was observed from KEVX radar about 3.3 miles NNW of Broad Branch. No structural damage was reported in this very rural area. This tornado was rated EF0.

*Sources

G - Grazulis, T. P., 1993: Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991.  A Chronology and Analysis of Events. Environmental Films, Tornado Project, St. Johsnbury, VT.
SD - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1950-2016: Storm Data. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
SPC - Storm Prediction Center Database