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Tropical Storm October 18-19, 2019

Tropical Storm Nestor

Tropical Storm Nestor had its origins from a broad area of low pressure over the Bay of Campeche on October 17, 2019. The system was classified as a potential tropical cyclone on the 17th due to a high chance of development and short duration of time until impacts would be felt along the northern Gulf coast. The low pressure became Tropical Storm Nestor on Friday October 18th, and dissipated after landfall in the Florida Panhandle on October 19th. Nestor will likely be most know in west-central and southwest Florida for a tornado outbreak.

Hurricane September 10-11, 2017

Hurricane Irma

The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Irma can be found here.

Svr Wx / Tornado January 17, 2016

Tornadoes

A potent storm system developed and tracked quickly eastward across the Gulf of Mexico, and toward the state of Florida during Saturday January 16, 2016. The impacts from this storm reached west-central and southwest Florida during the early morning hours of Sunday January 17, 2016. A squall line of strong to severe thunderstorm, just ahead of the cold front, produced periodic wind damage and isolated tornadoes as it quickly moved ashore across west-central and southwest Florida, and pushed across the state. Two EF2 tornadoes touched down, one near Siesta Key in Sarasota Conty and the other near Duette in Manatee County. Two adults were killed and four others injured when their mobile home rolled over and was destroyed by the tornado in Manatee County. More details about this event can be found in the Storm Events Database located here.

Tornado January 24, 2015

Tornado in Southern Sarasota County

A line of thunderstorms moved through the Florida peninsula ahead of a cold front early on the morning of the 24th. One of these storms caused a short lived tornado in southern Sarasota County. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Heavy Rain / Flooding May 2, 2014

Flooding in Hillsborough County

A nearly stationary cold front helped generate a squall line that dumped heavy rain over much of West Central Florida. In part of Hillsborough county, training storms produced 6-10 inches of rain, leading to flash flooding. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tropical Storm / Tornadoes June 6, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea Tornadoes

Tropical Storm Andrea developed in the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of June 5th and moved northeast, making landfall 10 miles south of Steinhatchee, FL during the early evening of June 6th. Two sets of tornadic rain bands associated with Andrea moved into west Florida on Thursday June 6, 2013. The first occurred between 2 AM and 5 AM and the second between 10 AM to 3 PM. A total of 4 tornados were confirmed in the National Weather Service Tampa Bay area. More details about this event can be found in the Storm Events Database located here and the NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Andrea can be found here.

Tropical Storm June 23-27, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical Storm Debby lingered for several days over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and caused high winds and heavy rain before making landfall near Steinhatchee, FL on the 26th. With the outer bands of Tropical Storm Debby, 11 confirmed tornadoes occurred on the 24th. Strong sustained winds prompted the closure of the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Heavy rain across the area caused flooding on several area rivers, the most serious of which was on the Anclote River at Elfers. Additionally, coastal flooding from onshore winds caused 3 to 5 feet of storm surge between Suwannee river and Bonita Beach, flooding streets and homes and caused major beach erosion. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Debby can be found here.

Svr Wx June 10, 2012

Wind Damage in eastern Charlotte County

Southeasterly flow setup a deep layer of moisture over the Florida peninsula that led to thunderstorms developing on sea breeze boundaries in the afternoon producing gusty winds and hail. One of these storms developed microburst winds. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tornado January 27, 2012

Tornado in Port Charlotte

A cold front moved southeast across central Florida overnight, creating scattered storms. One storm produced a brief EF-1 tornado that caused significant roof damage to two buildings. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Svr Wx / Tornadoes March 30-31, 2011

Nature Coast/Tampa Bay Region Severe Weather and Tornadoes

A stalled frontal boundary was in place across central Florida. As the boundary began to lift north drawing in abundant warm moist air over the area, an upper level disturbance moved over the region and a squall line developed and quickly moved across the northern half of the area. Several areas of damaging winds and a tornado resulted from this fast moving line on March 30th. The warm front continued to lift north over northern Florida as a developing low pressure system shifted into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. As this system moved across northern Florida, the cold front pushed into the local area and another series of squall lines moved across the area through the day on March 31st. Several tornadoes and areas of damaging winds occurred across the greater Tampa Bay area. More details about this event can be found in the Storm Events Database located here.

Svr Wx / Tornadoes January 25, 2011

Wind Damage and Tornadoes

A low pressure system over the northeast Gulf of Mexico moved northeast across northern Florida and sent a squall line through the area. The thunderstorms brought damaging winds, large hail, minor flooding and a few weak tornadoes. More details about this event can be found in the Storm Events Database located here.

Svr Wx / Tornadoes March 11, 2010

Grenelefe Tornado

A warm front lifted north through the area and combined with a strong low-level jet and a strong upper-level jet in place over the state. The warm and moist environment in place allowed for numerous showers and thunderstorms to develop. A few tornadoes touched down and some areas received heavy rains causing flooding from these storms. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Cold / Freeze January 2010

Cold Spell

Although it is not unusual for West Central and Southwest Florida to see freezing temperatures each winter, it is rare that the cold weather last as long as it did. From January 2 through January 13 temperatures were anywhere from 10 to almost 30 degrees below normal across the region. The length of this cold spell, 12 days, set new records at many locations across the area with others only having one mild day in the middle of the streak right before another cold front moved across the region. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tornado August 16, 2009

Cape Coral Tornado

A developing area of low pressure was in place over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, sending bands of showers and thunderstorms over the region and increasing winds across the area. With the storms, an isolated tornado briefly touched down in Cape Coral. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tornado June 30, 2009

Carrollwood Village Tornado

A trough of low pressure was in place across the area and high pressure was ridging across south Florida with an upper level disturbance moving into the area from the north. Numerous thunderstorms developed in this moist and unstable environment producing a tornado. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tornado May 13, 2009

Tampa Tornado

A remnant frontal boundary in place across north-central Florida combined with a warm, moist, unstable airmass and the east and west coast sea breeze boundaries to develop numerous thunderstorms across the area, one of which produced a tornado in the Harney area of Tampa near Tampa Executive Airport. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tornado May 12, 2009

Lakeland Tornado

A remnant frontal boundary in place across north-central Florida combined with a warm, moist, unstable airmass and the east and west coast sea breeze boundaries to develop numerous thunderstorms across the area, one of which produced a tornado in the Lake Parker area of Lakeland. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tropical Storm August 2008

Tropical Storm Fay

Tropical Storm Fay made its first of four Florida landfalls at Key West shortly before 5 PM on Monday, August 18th. Fay then made its first peninsular landfall at Cape Romano shortly before 5 AM on Tuesday, August 19th then the storm moved northeast with the center passing over the southeastern corner of Highlands County. It continued moving northeast into the Atlantic Ocean where it stalled on the 20th offshore of Daytona Beach. Fay began to move slowly northwest on the 21st with the center reaching the Levy/Gilchrist county line late Friday morning on August 22nd. Fay moved into the Gulf of Mexico late in the evening then made a fourth Florida landfall early Saturday morning the 23rd in the Panhandle. Tropical Storm Fay blanketed most of the state of Florida with over 6 inches of rain. Only the Tampa Bay Area escaped Fay's deluge with rainfall generally less than one inch. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Fay can be found here.

Tornado June 13, 2008

Cape Coral Tornado

A storm moving along the sea breeze boundary interacted with the predominant easterly flow in place to produce a brief EF0 tornado in Cape Coral. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Tornado June 8, 2008

Fort Myers Tornado

Storms moved into the Fort Myers area by early afternoon as a convergent band downstream of Lake Okeechobee moved into the area. This band of convection was further intensified when it interacted with the Gulf Coast sea breeze present over the area. As the tornado producing storm intensified it pulled the circulation present along the sea breeze into its updraft and spun up the tornado. The storm traveled northward along the sea breeze generating brief tornado touchdowns along its path as it continued to interact with the low level circulation. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Dense Fog January 9, 2008

Central Florida Super Fog

Drivers on central Florida’s Interstate 4 in Polk County near mile marker 55 encountered a blinding mixture of smoke and fog that has crept onto the highway during the early morning hours of January 9, 2008. Seventy cars and trucks collided resulting in 5 deaths and 38 injuries. The dangerous conditions were the result of a prescribed burn by the FWC that went awry. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Svr Wx / Tornado December 16, 2007

Land O' Lakes Tornado

A strong cold front combined with the remnants of Tropical Depression Olga to produce hazardous weather in west central Florida. A EF1 tornado formed from a long-lived supercell thunderstorm that moved onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. The link to the Storm Events Database for this tornado can be found here.

Svr Wx / Tornado September 16, 2007

Tornadoes Strike Cape Coral and Fort Myers Beach

A rapidly intensifying thunderstorm, developing from just south of Fort Myers Beach northward into Cape Coral, spawned two tornadoes in southwest Lee County, during the evening of Sunday, September 16, 2007. The first tornado began as a waterspout southwest of Fort Myers Beach making landfall on the beach as an EF0 tornado, stirring up a large amount of sand and causing roof damage to a resort hotel, and blew down a light metal awning of a nearby restaurant. Minutes later, a second tornado touched down in south Cape Coral as a EF1 tornado producing substantial property damage, with property damage assessments estimated at $4 million, not including vehicles, boats, fences, sheds, and utility infrastructure. The link to the Storm Events Database for these tornadoes can be found here.

Svr Wx / Tornado February 2, 2007

Sumter County Tornado

A developing area of low pressure over the western Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, February 1 intensified and moved off the mid-Atlantic coast Friday. Numerous thunderstorms developed out ahead of and along the associated cold front that pushed into southern Florida late Friday. The first tornado of the year to use the Enhanced Fujita Scale occurred just after 3 AM Friday February 2nd and touched down as an EF3 tornado in The Villages in northeast Sumter County. The link to the Storm Events Database for this tornado can be found here.

Svr Wx / Tornado December 25, 2006

Tornado Hits Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club

A small F2 tornado, about 100 yards wide with winds up to 125 mph, rapidly developed within a line of thunderstorms at around 11:20 AM EST on December 25, 2006. This line of thunderstorms was out ahead of a cold front that was moving across the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The tornado which affected the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, located a few miles west of San Antonio, Florida, caused over $1 million in damage, but only two injuries. One hundred and one homes in the community had damage, twenty-one of which were considered heavily damaged, and six destroyed. The link to the Storm Events Database for this tornado can be found here.

Svr Wx / Tornado June 21, 2006

Tornadoes Hit Port Charlotte Area

A small F2 tornado rapidly developed near the merger of the east and west coast sea breezes at around 7:17 PM EDT June 21, 2006 over Port Charlotte. This tornado caused an estimated $500,000 in damage and three injuries. Another F0 tornado effected the Harbor View mobile home park along the Peace River causing an estimated $30,000 in damage. The link to the Storm Events Database for these tornadoes can be found here.

Heavy Rain / Flooding February 3, 2006

Flash Flooding Drenches Tampa Bay Area

The combination of tropical moisture flowing into a line of thunderstorms and an approaching upper level disturbance allowed a train of intense thunderstorms to repeatedly cross over parts of the Tampa Bay area. Between 8 and more than 11 inches of rain fell in roughly a five hour period in a five mile wide stripe extending from Madeira Beach northeast through Pinellas Park, then across Old Tampa Bay to west Tampa, including Tampa International Airport. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Hurricane October 24, 2005

Hurricane Wilma

Wilma formed and became an extremely intense hurricane over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. It had the all-time lowest central pressure for an Atlantic basin hurricane, and it devastated the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula. Wilma also inflicted extensive damage over southern Florida, affecting locations mainly from Punta Gorda to Arcadia to Sebring southward in our area. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Wilma can be found here.

Waterspout / Tornado July 15, 2005

Punta Gorda Waterspout/Tornado

A waterspout developed just north of Punta Gorda during the evening of July 15th over Charlotte Harbor. The spout fortunately remained near or over water for most of its life, but for the short period on land as an F0 tornado. Only minor damage was reported, mostly to trees with one residence sustaining minor damage. The link to the Storm Events Database for this waterspout/tornado can be found here.

Svr Wx / Hail May 3-4, 2005

Numerous Hail Storms with some Wind Damage

A northward moving front, combined with upper level energy and an increasingly unstable atmosphere contributed to the development of severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 3rd, and again during the morning of May 4th. The unusual late season event, more typical in Oklahoma than in Florida in May, produced at least one bona-fide supercell thunderstorm on the 3rd. The predominant event was large hail, up to baseball size in diameter, but there were a few reports of damaging winds. The link to the Storm Events Database for these days can be found here.

Svr Wx / Wind March 14, 2005

Seminole Heights Microburst

A thunderstorm microburst crashed down on Seminole Heights and caused widespread but relatively minor damage along the 1.5 mile path. Damage included a few roofs peeled back, windows blown out of at least one business, dozens of trees and large limbs blown down, and at least a dozen power wires and transformers blown down. About 2000 residents were without power shortly after the storm passed. All this was done in only a minute's time in any given location. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Svr Wx December 24-26, 2004

Wind Damage and Storm Tides

Just 24 hours after an historic white Christmas in Deep South Texas, the same storm system punched across Tampa Bay causing damaging winds, power outages, and storm tides. Overall the Christmas weekend (December 24-26) as a whole was rather lousy by Florida standards. The link to the Storm Events Database for this event can be found here.

Hurricane September 26-27, 2004

Hurricane Jeanne

Hurricane Jeanne followed the nearly the same path across Florida as Hurricane Frances three weeks earlier and was the unprecedented fourth hurricane to strike Florida during the 2004 hurricane season. Jeanne moved ashore along the east coast of Florida near Stuart late on September 25th as a Category 3 storm then tracked west-northwest through northern Highlands and southern Polk Counties before bearing north through northeastern Hillsborough, eastern Pasco, central Hernando, western Citrus and weakening further as it traversed Levy County. Jeanne kept Category 1 hurricane strength across much of central Florida before being downgraded to a tropical storm between Polk and Pasco County. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Henri can be found here.

Hurricane September 5-6, 2004

Hurricane Frances

Frances made landfall just after midnight on September 5th near Vero Beach as a Category 2 storm. The hurricane continued to move slowly west northwestward across central Florida to near Bartow by 2 pm, and just northeast of Tampa by 8 pm, when it was downgraded to a Tropical Storm. It then emerged back into the Gulf of Mexico near Hudson shortly before midnight, meaning it took almost 24 hours to move through the peninsula. Frances continued northwestward through the northern gulf of Mexico, making a second landfall on the afternoon of September 6th in the Florida Big Bend near Tallahassee as a Tropical Storm. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Henri can be found here.

Hurricane August 13, 2004

Hurricane Charley

Hurricane Charley, a powerful but compact Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, roared into Southwest Florida during the late afternoon of August 13th, then raced northeast through the central Florida peninsula, reaching the Atlantic Coast near Daytona Beach in only seven hours. During its life, the storm, which packed 145 mph winds as it made landfall along the Lee County coastline, damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, knocked down tens of thousands of trees, and took out power to more than 2 million Floridians. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Charley can be found here.

Tropical Storm September 5-6, 2003

Tropical Storm Henri

Short-lived Tropical Storm Henri lurked about 100 miles west of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area between 5 AM September 5th and 5 AM September 6th, then weakened before accelerating across central Florida during the late morning on the 6th. Henri produced generally minor freshwater flooding and some breezy conditions near the coast. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Henri can be found here.

Heavy Rain / Flooding August 7-11, 2003

Heavy Rain / Flooding

Deep southwest flow setup during early August, reaching it's peak between the 7th and 11th as a series of upper level disturbances moved through an upper level trough across the southeast United States. Repeating thunderstorms dumped torrential rains along much of the immediate coast, with significantly lower totals over interior west central Florida

Svr Wx / Tornado June 29, 2003 and July 8, 2003

Tornadoes

During the early evening of June 29th a quick hitting F0 tornado struck Dade City causing about 40 thousand dollars in damage. Then during the early evening of July 8th an F1 tornado struck near Lake Thonotosassa causing about 20 thousand dollars in damage. Here are the links to the Storm Events Database for the June 29th and July 8th tornadoes.

Tropical Storm September 14, 2001

Tropical Storm Gabrielle

Gabrielle formed during the afternoon of September 13th over the southeast Gulf of Mexico and moved northeast making landfall near Venice around 8 AM EDT on September 14th as a tropical storm with 60 knot sustained winds. The storm quickly moved northeast, passing through interior west central Florida during the daylight hours of the 14th producing wind damage, overland flooding, and coastal flooding. The NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Gabrielle can be found here.