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Gadsden County, FL

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
9/4/1948 110 am F2 10 200 2 12 $30,000 G

A "giant ice cream cone" funnel moved NNW from 2m S of Havana, Florida, passing across the west part of that town. Two children were killed in one of eight homes that were destroyed. Nine tobacco farms were destroyed. In Georgia, losses totalled $30,000 in and near the "Belcher" community.

11/14/1957 830 am F2 0.7 33 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
6/20/1961 100 pm F2 0.5 33 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
11/23/1961 510 am F2 0.1 100 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
6/1/1967 600 pm F2 0.3 33 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

A small home was destroyed and four were damaged at Gadsden.

6/12/1968 330 pm F1 4.1 17 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
2/15/1969 1145 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
12/25/1969 415 pm F2 0.1 50 0 0 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved ENE at Quincy. Homes were unroofed and radio towers were downed. One building was destroyed and and the lumberyard was hit hard.

6/27/1970 730 pm F1 0.8 450 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
6/25/1972 445 pm F1 0.3 20 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
6/25/1972 555 pm F1 0.5 100 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
10/27/1972 1230 pm F2 0.3 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/25/1973 623 pm F1 0.2 20 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
1/30/1974 101 am F2 3.3 100 1 4 $100,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved E from near Hinson to Concord, destroying a large double mobile home. A summer home was also destroyed. Damage totalled $100,000, $20,000 of which was to the Concordia Baptist Church. A woman died five days later from injuries in the mobile home.

5/11/1974 400 pm F1 0.5 20 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
2/17/1975 300 pm F0 0.5 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
7/2/1976 200 pm F1 1 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/4/1979 1015 am F1 0.1 30 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
11/11/1995 1227 pm F1 5 100 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

A tornado touched down on the north side of Lake Talquin pulling several large cypress trees into the lake. The tornado travelled across a branch of the lake moving across the the Waldwood Boy Scout Reservation and tracking about three miles to Rocky Comfort Creek. Numerous trees were downed along the path.

12/19/1995 315 am F2 0.3 50 1 1 $30,000 SD, SPC

A tornado destroyed a mobile home carrying the two residents over 125 yards. The men were found four hours later, one man (50) was dead, the other, his brother, (49) was severely injured. Items from the dwelling were found three miles away. M50MH

12/19/1995 325 am F1 1 30 0 0 $20,000 SD, SPC

A tornado demolished a small block building and damaged an adjacent store. Pieces of the building's roof was in trees a large pecan tree were uprooted.

1/16/1997 120 am F1 1 75 0 0 $500 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down in a church cemetary downing trees and knocking over 20 or so tombstones. The church was only slightly damaged. The tornado crossed the road and snapped hundreds of trees in some thick woods to the east of the cemetary.

10/24/1997 140 pm F1 0.3 150 0 0 $200,000 SD, SPC

Four F1 tornado touchdowns. Numerous 12-24" diameter trees uprooted on Gadsden County Road 159. Considerable debris on Florida Highway 27 five miles NE of Midway. Power outages in Midway.

3/11/2000 845 pm F0 0.2 30 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

A brief F0 tornado touchdown observed by law enforcement and a storm spotter near Interstate 10 mile marker 165. No damage reported.

2/18/2008 1208 am EF1 6.2 150 0 1 $200,000 SD, SPC

The tornado touched down just south of Interstate 10 at Mile Marker 168. An tractor-trailer was blown over on the interstate with only minor injuries to the driver. The next area of damage was just east of the community of Hardaway, or three miles north of the interstate. At this location numerous trees were snapped or uprooted with minor damage to two mobile homes. A 19-foot boat was flipped over and shed were destroyed on Finnuff Road. More significant damage was observed in the community of Mt Pleasant where a few homes were damaged. A home on B.W. Martin Road sustained complete roof failure and a loss of a free standing carport. The metal sheeting was scattered through the neighboring field and twisted like rope. About a mile north of U.S. Highway 90 on Mt Pleasant Road, two homes sustained severe roof damage with large oak trees uprooted around the homes. At this location, the tornado reached its peak intensity of EF1 with a path width of 150 yards prior to lifting as the parent supercell storm traveled northeast.

4/2/2009 425 pm EF0 0.2 25 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

A small tornado crossed Interstate 10 just west of the Chattahoochee rest area. No damage was reported.

4/8/2010 138 pm EF0 1.0 75 0 0 0 SD, SPC

A NWS survey crew, in conjunction with county emergency management, found the damage in this location to be consistent with an EF-0 tornado which touched down just southwest of Florida highway 267. The weak tornado then tracked north-northeastward onto Holt lane. The damage southwest of Holt lane was limited to trees snapped or uprooted, with a few non-substantial structures damaged on Holt lane. One outbuilding lost its roof. The tornado continued northeast crossing I-10 near exit 181.

3/3/2012 925 am EF0 0.55 25 0 0 0 SD, SPC

Between 20 and 25 trees were blown down in a small area near the Bear Creek Educational Forest. The damage was consistent with an EF0 with maximum winds around 80 mph. A witness claims he saw the tornado. The tornado touched down in a rural area and no structural damage occurred.

11/17/2014 538 am EF1 7.14 420 0 0 $50,000 SD

This is a continuation of the tornado from Calhoun and Liberty counties. The last portion of the damage path was in southwest Gadsden County where the tornado briefly intensified and the damage path narrowed. Another corridor of more significant tree damage was noted near Sycamore Road and Winding Creek Road. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted, and several power poles were snapped. A few homes in this area had some minor damage to the exterior of the structure. Damage in this area was rated EF1. The damage path quickly narrowed thereafter, and the damage became more sporadic, with the last damaged noted along Flat Creek Road just east of Audie Clark Road. With a total damage path length of 22.3 miles, this was the longest tornado path in the NWS Tallahassee County Warning Area (CWA) since March 1, 2007 (two tornadoes with about a 30mi path length in SE Alabama and SW Georgia during that event ). This is also the longest tornado path in the state of Florida since a February 1, 2007 tornado in Lake and Volusia Counties in central Florida (26 miles).

11/18/2015 605 pm EF0 2.67 50 0 0 $0 SD

An EF0 tornado with winds estimated around 70 mph touched down in Gadsden county near Gretna and tracked northeast across Hardaway Highway. One tree was blown down onto Hardaway Highway and a dual-pol tornadic debris signature was observed from KTLH radar at that location. This is a rural area with no structures impacted. 

*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