2012 Tropical Storm Debby tornado outbreak

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2012 Tropical Storm Debby tornado outbreak
Tropical Storm Debby Tornado Map.png
Track map of radar–derived mesovorticies on June 24, 2012
Type Tornado outbreak
Duration June 23–26, 2012
Tornadoes confirmed 25
Max rating1 EF2 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak2 2 days, 18 hours, 50 minutes
Highest winds
Largest hail No large hail reported[2]
Damage $1.8 million[3]
Casualties 1 fatality total

1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale

2Time from first tornado to last tornado

The 2012 Tropical Storm Debby tornado outbreak was a tropical cyclone-produced severe-weather event that affected the U.S. state of Florida for nearly 3 days on June 23–26, 2012. As of 12:25 p.m. EDT on June 25, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, had received 25 tornado reports from Florida, including one fatality near Venus. Throughout the entire event, 25 tornadoes touched down across the state, making the outbreak the second largest on record in Florida, behind only that spawned by Hurricane Agnes, which produced 28 tornadoes on April 18–19, 1972.[4] At least ten of the tornadoes—the largest 24-hour total in South Florida since Hurricane Isbell produced eight in 1964—had been confirmed in four South Florida counties by the National Weather Service forecast office in Miami.[5]

Event summary[edit]

At 3:44 p.m. CDT on June 23, as Tropical Storm Debby was located west of Florida, the SPC in Norman first noted an increasing potential for severe weather in Southwest Florida, including tornadoes, due to increasing wind shear in the lower levels of the atmosphere.[6] Later, at 7:09 p.m. CDT, the SPC highlighted a threat of waterspouts in the region.[7] On June 24 at 10:45 a.m. CDT, after two possible tornadoes had already been reported, the first Tornado Watch was issued for 22 counties in Central and South Florida.[8] As of 4:00 a.m. CDT on June 25, a Tornado Watch remained in effect in portions of Central Florida.[9] Despite the tornado watches, no tornadoes were confirmed on June 25. However, on June 26 a lone tornado touched down as Debby lingered over Florida.[10]

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EFU EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
0 19 5 1 0 0 0 25

June 23 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Saturday, June 23, 2012
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Florida
EF0 ESE of Naples Collier 26°07′N 81°45′W / 26.12°N 81.75°W / 26.12; -81.75 (Naples (June 23, EF0)) 1935 1.7 miles (2.7 km) A few structures suffered minor roof damage and several trees were downed.
EF0 North Naples Collier 26°16′N 81°47′W / 26.27°N 81.79°W / 26.27; -81.79 (North Naples (June 23, EF0)) 2000 100 yards (91 m) Brief tornado broke tree branches and light poles. One person was injured by a falling branch.
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for 06/23/12, NWS Miami, FL

June 24 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Sunday, June 24, 2012
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Florida
EF0 SE of Bowling Green Hardee 27°38′N 81°53′W / 27.63°N 81.88°W / 27.63; -81.88 (Bowling Green (June 24, EF0)) 1415 17 miles (27 km) Several trees were downed and tractors and a barn were damaged.
EF0 Muse area Glades 26°50′N 81°30′W / 26.83°N 81.50°W / 26.83; -81.50 (Muse (June 24, EF0)) 1500 50 yards (46 m) A barn suffered roof damage with this brief tornado.
EF0 E of Goodland Collier 25°55′N 81°40′W / 25.92°N 81.66°W / 25.92; -81.66 (Goodland (June 24, EF0)) 1510 16.2 miles (26.1 km) Waterspout moved onshore and downed a few trees.
EF0 WNW of Rock Island Collier 26°11′N 81°29′W / 26.19°N 81.49°W / 26.19; -81.49 (Rock Island (June 24, EF0)) 1600 50 yards (46 m) Brief tornado with no damage.
EF0 Venus area Highlands 27°02′N 81°22′W / 27.04°N 81.36°W / 27.04; -81.36 (Venus (June 24, EF2)) 1623 3.6 miles (5.8 km) 1 death - A woman was thrown 200 yards (180 m) from her mobile home and killed when it was destroyed. One other person was injured.
EF0 Lake Worth Palm Beach 26°37′N 80°04′W / 26.62°N 80.07°W / 26.62; -80.07 (Lake Worth (June 24, EF0)) 1625 50 yards (46 m) Damage was confined to a few homes and some vegetation.
EF0 SW of Immokalee Collier 26°20′N 81°32′W / 26.34°N 81.53°W / 26.34; -81.53 (Immokalee (June 24, EF0)) 1625 50 yards (46 m) No damage was reported with this brief tornado.
EF0 West Palm Beach Palm Beach 26°43′N 80°04′W / 26.71°N 80.06°W / 26.71; -80.06 (West Palm Beach (June 24, EF0)) 1725 1.2 miles (1.9 km) Most of the damage occurred to trees. However, a few structures sustained roof damage, a gate was blown across a street, and a railroad crossing arm was broken.
EF0 Golden Beach Miami-Dade 25°58′N 80°07′W / 25.97°N 80.12°W / 25.97; -80.12 (Golden Beach (June 24, EF0)) 1805 0.5 miles (0.80 km) Waterspout came onshore and twisted a gate. It also blew open a garage door and two more gates.
EF0 SW of Palmdale Glades 26°56′N 81°19′W / 26.93°N 81.32°W / 26.93; -81.32 (Palmdale (June 24, EF0)) 1904 0.5 miles (0.80 km) No damage was reported.
EF1 NW of Lake Placid Highlands 27°20′N 81°23′W / 27.33°N 81.39°W / 27.33; -81.39 (Lake Placid (June 24, EF1)) 1923 5.3 miles (8.5 km) Several homes were severely damaged and power lines were downed. One home of poor construction was left with only one wall standing.
EF1 SSE of Indian Rocks Beach Pinellas 27°53′N 82°50′W / 27.88°N 82.84°W / 27.88; -82.84 (Indian Rocks Beach (June 24, EF1)) 1940 0.75 miles (1.21 km) 21 structures were damaged, including mobile homes, car ports, and billboards. Several trees were downed as well.
EF0 NE of Lake Magdalene Hillsborough 28°09′N 82°22′W / 28.15°N 82.37°W / 28.15; -82.37 (Lake Magdalene (June 24, EF0)) 2039 1.1 miles (1.8 km) Five homes, pool cages, and fences were damaged and trees were downed.
EF1 SSE of New Port Richey Pasco 28°14′N 82°43′W / 28.24°N 82.72°W / 28.24; -82.72 (New Port Richey (June 24, EF1)) 2117 0.4 miles (0.64 km) Five homes suffered major damage.
EF0 SE of Winter Haven Polk 27°58′N 81°41′W / 27.96°N 81.68°W / 27.96; -81.68 (Winter Haven (June 24, EF0)) 2255 0.9 miles (1,400 m) A semi was overturned and trees and power lines were downed.
EF2 E of Winter Haven Polk 27°57′N 81°41′W / 27.95°N 81.68°W / 27.95; -81.68 (Winter Haven (June 24, EF2)) 0004 7 miles (11 km) 17 homes, a retail store, and several mobile homes suffered minor to major roof and other structural damage. Several power lines were downed. One person was injured.
EF1 SSE of St. Petersburg Pinellas 27°42′N 82°44′W / 27.70°N 82.74°W / 27.70; -82.74 (St. Petersburg (June 24, EF1)) 0021 3.3 miles (5.3 km) Large waterspout moved onshore where a marina building was damaged, a house lost its roof, and the top floor of a condo building was destroyed. One two story home had its bottom floor collapse. Multiple other structures sustained lesser roof damage. Trees were downed in the area as well.
EF0 SE of Clermont Lake 28°29′02″N 81°39′36″W / 28.484°N 81.660°W / 28.484; -81.660 (Clermont (June 24, EF0)) 0059 3.7 miles (6.0 km) Tornado moved over Johns Lake and caused minor damage to four homes and surrounding property. Numerous trees were downed.
EF0 Yeehaw Junction area Osceola 27°41′N 80°54′W / 27.69°N 80.90°W / 27.69; -80.90 (Yeehaw Junction (June 24, EF0)) 0155 3.1 miles (5.0 km) Many trees were downed, a few structures suffered minor damage, and a few vehicles were damaged.
EF1 Sugarmill Woods area Citrus 28°42′N 82°28′W / 28.70°N 82.47°W / 28.70; -82.47 (Sugarmill Woods (June 24, EF1)) 0157 5 miles (8.0 km) 20 homes suffered minor damage. Another home suffered major damage and a mobile home was destroyed. Numerous trees were downed.
EF0 NE of Deer Park Osceola 28°06′11″N 80°52′34″W / 28.103°N 80.876°W / 28.103; -80.876 (Deer Park (June 24, EF0)) 0246 1.2 miles (1.9 km) Several trees were downed and a fence was damaged.
EF0 SW of Titusville Brevard 28°31′52″N 80°51′40″W / 28.531°N 80.861°W / 28.531; -80.861 (Titusville (June 24, EF0)) 0337 1.2 miles (1.9 km) A few trees and tree limbs were downed.
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for 06/24/12, NWS Miami, FL, NWS Tampa Bay, FL, NWS Melbourne, FL, NCDC Storm Events Database

June 26 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Tuesday, June 26, 2012
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Florida
EF0 ENE of Brighton Highlands 27°16′N 81°01′W / 27.27°N 81.02°W / 27.27; -81.02 (Brighton (June 26, EF0)) 1425 1.1 miles (1.8 km) Brief touchdown with no damage.
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for 06/26/12, NCDC Storm Events Database

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Florida Event Report: Thunderstorm Winds". National Climatic Data Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Storm Reports for June 24, 2012". Storm Prediction Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. July 4, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Storm Events Database: Florida Tornadoes from June 23–24, 2012". National Climatic Data Center. 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "SPC National Severe Weather Database Browser". Storm Prediction Center. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Tornado Reports Over South Florida: June 23-24, 2012" (PDF). NWS Forecast Office, Miami, Florida. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mesoscale Discussion 1252". Storm Prediction Center. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mesoscale Discussion 1254". Storm Prediction Center. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tornado Watch 422". Storm Prediction Center. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tornado Watch 423". Storm Prediction Center. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "NCDC Storm Events Database". National Climatic Data Center. Retrieved 30 September 2012.