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Leon County, FL

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
10/22/1945 645 pm F3 18 150 1 4 $50,000 G

Moved NE from 5m S of Tallahassee to Miccosukee. At least 33 homes were damaged or destroyed in several small rural communities. One woman was killed as her home was swept away and she was thrown 500 feet.

1/28/1952 745 am F2 1.5 33 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
12/6/1953 1200 pm F2 8.4 33 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/10/1960 400 pm F2 0.1 77 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
6/10/1965 425 pm F0 0.1 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
3/28/1972 1030 am F2 0.2 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
3/28/1972 1045 am F2 0.2 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/22/1976 100 pm F0 3.6 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
5/16/1983 930 am F1 2 50 0 0 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
5/2/1985 455 pm F0 0.5 10 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
6/9/1989 930 am F0 0.2 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
6/9/1989 955 am F0 0.2 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
11/11/1995 1150 am F1 0.5 100 0 0 $500,000 SD, SPC

A severe thunderstorm caused sportatic damage from downtown Tallahassee across the east and north sides of the city and spawned a tornado that caused considerable damage. Hundreds of mature pines and hardwoods were damaged or blown completely down causing damage to many residences and apartment complexes. The Tallahassee Civic Center sustained considerable roof damage. No serious injuries were reported but several people reportedly received cuts and bruises.

8/12/2003 450 pm F0 3 50 0 0 $1,000 SD, SPC

A public report of a weak tornado which touched down just northeast Bloxham and downed numerous trees along Gatlin Road. The tornado then moved over Lake Talquin briefly before dissipating.

9/16/2004 447 am F0 4 75 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC

The weak tornado moved from northwest Jefferson County into adjacent northeast Leon County. It destroyed a shed and caused minor damage to a home. Some trees were uprooted. Reported by a NWS employee and the Leon County EMA.

12/5/2005 140 pm F0 0.2 30 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

A small tornado briefly touched down just southeast of Woodville. No damage was reported.

3/7/2008 725 am EF1 4.6 150 0 1 $750,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just west of Capitola near Capitola and Baum Roads, and downed trees and power lines. It then traveled northeast across Capitola and severely damaged eight homes on Whitehouse and Capitola Roads. One person was injured and transported to a local hospital. Downed trees and power lines closed Whitehouse Road at Eva Road, Bucklake Road at Epping Forest Road, Dayflower Circle at Blackberry Lane, and Jefferson Road at Roalde Road. Several homes were damaged with downed trees and power lines on Turkey Roost Road just north of Interstate 10. The tornado lifted just northeast of Wadesboro near Wadesboro Road.

6/4/2009 1010 am EF0 0.1 25 0 0 $1,300,000 SD, SPC

A small tornado briefly touched down at the Apalachee Elementary School. It mangled the metal roof of the main building. The damage was confined to a small area about 100 yards long by 25 yards wide. Maximum winds were estimated at 65 to 70 mph, which was consistent with EF0 tornado damage.

12/9/2009 1205 pm EF0 0.64 50 0 0 $50,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down along the northern end of Lake Jackson east of Brill Point Road. It traveled east-northeast and produced damage just south of the 2100 block of Miller Landing Road. One home lost a sizable portion of it shingles on the southward-facing aspect of the home. Debris from the roof was carried northward between 50 and 100 feet. Three large trees were snapped in the backyard of the home and falling in a northward direction. With the damage pattern nearly perpendicular to the storm path, the damage was consistent with an F0 tornado with wind speeds up to 80 mph.

4/7/2014 423 pm EF0 0.51 50 0 0 $0 SD

This was a very short-lived and weak tornado about 2.3 miles south of Apalachee Regional Park. Damage was selective and confined to trees, with no structural damage observed. No funnel was observed, but several witnesses heard an unusually loud roaring noise. Peak winds were estimated around 75 mph based on the tree damage.

4/19/2015 1151 am EF1 4.62 350 0 0 $40,000 SD

Sporadic tree damage was found along a well defined path. Maximum winds were estimated to be around 95 mph with this EF1 tornado. The most focused area of damage was around Meridian Road and Maclay Road. No significant structural damage was noted, although some fence damage occurred on private property and one vehicle was crushed by falling trees. A debris signature was noted on the KTLH dual-pol radar at the time and location of the damage.


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