The 1998 Hurricane Georges tornado outbreak was a six-day tornado outbreak associated with the passage of Hurricane Georges in the Southeast United States. Most of the tornadoes produced by the storm formed in the outer bands of the storm and were relatively weak; however, one F2 tornado touched down in Florida. The outbreak produced 47 tornadoes—20 in Alabama, 17 in Florida and 10 in Georgia—and was the most extensive tornado event in Florida history, with touchdowns reported the entire length of the state.
On September 22, as Hurricane Georges was still over Hispanola, the National Hurricane Center warned that there was the possibility of isolated tornadoes in the outer bands of the storm. The first tornado, rated F0 touched down in Miami-Dade County around 8:08 am EDT on September 24. A second F0 touched down roughly an hour later in the county. The first tornado watch associated with the hurricane was issued at 6:00 am EDT on September 25 for south-central Florida and remained in effect for 24 hours. Over the following three days, a tornado watch was constantly in effect for some part of Florida as Georges slowly moved parallel to the state. During the afternoon of September 25, a new watch was issued to encompass Sarasota and Manatee counties. By September 26, nearly every county south Marion County had been placed under a tornado watch.
The first tornado associated with Hurricane Georges in the United States formed as a waterspout along the eastern coast of Florida near Key Biscayne. The waterspout moved onshore several minutes after touching down; the NEXRADdoppler weather radar indicated winds up to 77 mph (124 km/h) around 8:13 am EDT. The tornado crossed bodies of water several times along its 15 mi (24 km). Damage from the tornado was mostly confined to downed trees and power lines; however, some homes were damaged by the fallen trees. Damages from the tornado amounted to $50,000.
Roughly an hour after the first tornado, another touched down near Miami Lake, downing trees and power lines before lifting ten minutes later. The tornado remained nearly stationary for its whole life. Damages from the tornado, caused by fallen trees, amounted to $30,000.
A small rope tornado touched down in a mainly wooded area of Polk County. Along its 1 mi (1.6 km) path, a few buildings sustained minor damage, such as losing awnings or being struck by fallen tree limbs. Damages from the tornado amounted to $5,000.
The second tornado to touch down in Polk County was another short-lived tornado. Along its path, two barns were damaged, a trailer was blown off its foundation and several trees were downed. Damages from the tornado amounted to $40,000.
A waterspout moved onshore near Sebastian, downing several trees before reaching F1 intensity and severely damaging a factory. Damages from the tornado amounted to $700,000, mainly from the factory.
A brief F1 tornado caused significant damage to several homes in Shalimar before lifting. A parking garage collapsed due to the tornado, destroying 10 cars. No one was injured during the event and losses amounted to $300,000.
A short-lived tornado tracked through Pike and Crenshaw Counties, causing moderate damage, mainly to trees and power lines. A trailer was destroyed in Crenshaw County. Damages from the tornado amounted to $80,000.
A brief tornado touched down in DeFuniak Springs. A home had its roof torn off as well as a nearby shed. A pump house also sustained significant damage. Damages from the tornado amounted to $50,000.
Just off the coast of Panama City, a waterspout formed and moved onshore in the Bid A Wee subdivision. The F1 tornado tracked for 2 mi (3.2 km) before dissipating. Throughout its path, five homes were destroyed and 18 others were damaged. Losses from the tornado reached $250,000.
A brief tornado touched down in Samson and lifted a mobile home 50 ft (15 m) off the ground before destroying it. The three occupants of the mobile home sustained minor injuries. Damages from the tornado amounted to $100,000.
A brief tornado touched down in Enterprise, causing severe damage to Camp Wiregrass and a few homes. Numerous residences in the city were left without power after numerous power lines were downed. Damages from the tornado amounted to $1.5 million.
A short-lived tornado touched down in Camila, damaging a home and farm machinery. Numerous trees were uprooted or destroyed along its path. One man was injured after his truck was tossed off the road. Damages from the tornado amounted to $500,000.
A brief tornado touched down near Autreyville, destroying a mobile home and tossing another into a ditch, injuring one person. A chicken farm was also destroyed and another sustained damage. Damages from the tornado amounted to $550,000.
A brief tornado touched down in Desoto, destroyed one home and seven mobile homes. Numerous other structure were damaged by the tornado and hundreds of trees were uprooted. Twelve people were also injured. Damages from the tornado amounted to $200,000.
A brief tornado, spawned by the same storm that produced the second DeSoto tornado 35 minutes earlier, touched down near Andersonville, severely damaging a pecan grove. Damages from the tornado amounted to $20,000.
The strongest tornado spawned by Georges touched down in Suwannee County. The 500 ft (150 m) wide tornado cut a path of damage through a residential area just outside Live Oak around 11:30 am EDT. One mobile home was completely destroyed and debris from the structure was tossed up to 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Seven homes and 12 cars were destroyed while five other structures were damaged throughout the tornado's path. Residents in the town were caught by surprise as the tornado struck while they were sleeping. One of the survivors reported that the first thing she remembered was waking up in a field about 100 ft (30 m) from her home. Several other people were also thrown from their homes by the tornado. In all, five people were hurt during the event, two of which sustained critical injuries. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, losses in the area exceeded $1 million, qualifying Suwannee County as a major federal disaster area, allowing for governmental aid to be sent.
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