Maps show the path of destruction of Tallahassee tornadoes, point of convergence


Two tornadoes that ripped through Tallahassee’s urban core on May 10 converged on the Capital City Country Club to continue their mile-long march of destruction.

That was among the discoveries after National Weather Service surveyors confirmed that a trio of tornadoes were responsible for what many say is the most damage to the nation’s capital since Hurricane Kate.

The storms packed winds estimated at 115 miles per hour and the trail of uprooted trees and damaged homes and businesses allowed surveyors to map the rare, 20-minute terror tour of the three tornadoes through Florida’s capital.

Here are the storms’ paths as told through the reports of National Weather Service surveyors, as well as links, photos and videos from our readers and journalists.

Tornado #1: From TCC to FSU before destroying Railroad Square, crashing into Cascades and confusing Myers Park

  • Judgement: EF-2 (significant tornado with winds of 110-130 mph)
  • Estimated peak wind: 185 km/h
  • Path length: 31.58 miles
  • Path width: 900 meters
  • Get started: 6:38 a.m. in Greensboro in Gadsden Country
  • End: 7:03 a.m. west of Indian Head Acres

The tornado touched down near Spooner Road in eastern Gadsden County at approximately 6:38 a.m., initially damaging an old barn or farmhouse. The tornado tracks southeastward, snapping and uprooting trees throughout the rest of Gadsden County before crossing the Ocholochnee River and entering the country. western Leon County, just southwest of US 90.”

“Extensive tree damage was noted at a mobile home park on Emily Loop, where several homes were damaged by falling trees. The tornado caused damage to the roof and siding of a hotel and shopping center near the intersection of Capital Circle Northwest and US 90. “

“The tornado appears to have intensified as it moved southeast after crossing Capital Circle and approaching Blountstown Highway. EF-2 damage was noted to an auto repair building along Blountstown Highway, along with intense tree damage, leaving a swath of nearly each pine tree broke about 75 feet above the ground.”

“This level of damage continued across Pat Thomas Boulevard. Significant tree damage was noted on the campuses of Lively Technical College and Tallahassee Community College before the tornado crossed Appleyard Drive. Another area of ​​intense tree damage was noted along Cactus Street, consistent with a EF -2 rating. Numerous homes were damaged by falling trees.”

The tornado then moved through a densely populated area of ​​single-family and multi-family homes, causing widespread damage to EF-1 trees. Numerous homes and businesses were damaged by falling trees as the tornado crossed Pensacola Street and approached the Florida State University Campus. “


FSU Circus tent lowered after storm

The May 10, 2024 morning storm in Tallahassee caused extensive damage to Florida State University’s “Flying High” circus tent. It’s no longer there.

“Numerous trees were downed on the southwest portion of campus. In addition, the tent housing Florida State University’s Flying High Circus was destroyed and the outfield fence at Dick Howser Stadium was severely damaged.”

“The tornado moved along Gaines Street, causing damage to a few businesses and causing a construction crane to collapse.”

“At Railroad Square, several warehouse buildings were severely damaged, along with the roof of the railroad depot. Broken and uprooted trees were also noted downtown, just south of the State Capital Building, near the State Department of Education Building.”

“At this point, the tornado began to turn more to the southeast as it interacted with the nearby tornado to the south. The tornado caused damage in Cascades Park and significant damage to trees in Myers Park.”

“The tornado then moved through Country Club Estates towards the Capital City Country Club.”

At that point, the track converged with that of the tornado to the south, with the tornado to the south appearing to become the dominant feature going forward. Peak EF-2 intensity of 115 mph is estimated at a number of locations between Blountstown Highway and Cactus Street. The maximum width was about 900 yards.”

Tornado #2: Lake Talquin State Park native Twister rakes FAMU before ‘converging’ at Capital City Country Club and pounding Indianhead

  • Judgement: EF-2 (significant tornado with winds of 110-130 mph)
  • Estimated peak wind: 185 km/h
  • Path length: 27.22 miles
  • Path width: 1,400 meters
  • Start time: 6:50 am near Fort Braden
  • End location: 7:14 a.m. near Chaires Crossroads in Jefferson County

The tornado touched down at Lake Talquin State Park near Williams Landing around 6:50 a.m. and promptly caused EF-1 damage, snapping numerous conifer and hardwood trees. The tornado would then continue moving from east to southeast before making a sharp right turn and continuing. east when it passed the intersection of Blountstown Highway and Ft.

“The tornado would then continue east, parallel to the Blountstown Highway, as it next struck the Lake Talquin State Recreation Area, where it would continue to cause EF-1 damage by snapping trees. The tornado would then re-track toward moving east-southeast, impacting many subdivisions in the Norfleet neighborhood south of Blountstown Highway, cutting down numerous trees in the area.”


Tallahassee tornado: See damage near Sabal Palm School from storm

The community behind Sabal Palm School suffered extensive tree damage from the possible tornado in Tallahassee on Friday, May 10, 2024.

“It would then continue on its east-southeast path before traveling east again as it would reach just north of the intersection of Capital Circle SW and Orange Ave W in Tallahassee. It would then enter the Seminole Manor and Mabry Manor neighborhoods Many trees break along the way and cause damage to Sabal Palm Elementary School.”

“The tornado would then continue on its easterly track and strike Florida A&M University (FAMU), causing EF-1 damage by snapping numerous trees along the way. This included roof damage to at least two university buildings. EF-0 damage became a observed handful of times until dawn on homes and businesses, as well as occasional damage to shingles.”

“The tornado would continue east toward the Capital City Country Club Golf Course, causing EF-1 damage by snapping numerous trees along the way and across the golf course. The tracks of both tornadoes that passed through Tallahassee at the time converged at Capital City Country Club, with this tornado seemingly becoming the dominant circulation moving forward.”

“As the tornado exited the golf course, very intense tree damage was observed, consistent with an EF-2 rating, as numerous trees were snapped at a height of approximately 75 feet. This most intense tree damage occurred from Country Club Dr. through the Indian Head Acres Subdivisions.”

“This is where the maximum estimated winds of 115 mph most likely occurred. EF-1 damage would be observed for the remainder of its eastern track as the tornado struck Old St. Augustine Rd. It would continue to cause EF-1 tree damage within the Paradise Village East subdivision, Old Friends Rd and areas along Southwood Plantation Rd before continuing into mostly wooded areas north of Old St. Augustine Rd.

“The final concentrated area of ​​EF-1 damage would be seen in neighborhoods along Louvinia Drive and WW Lee Road. The tornado would then continue east before uprooting a few trees along US 27 as it entered Jefferson County, before he disappeared around 7:14 am

“The tornado reached its maximum width of 4,500 feet as it crossed Monroe St. in downtown Tallahassee and entered the Capital City Country Club Golf Course.”

Tornado #3: It crossed Lake Talquin before breaking trees and tearing through Woodville

  • Judgement: EF-1 (moderate tornado with winds of 80-110 mph)
  • Estimated peak wind: 180 km/h
  • Path length: 31.69 miles
  • Path width: 1,100 meters
  • Get started: 6:50 a.m. in Bloxham, Gadsden County
  • End: 7:13 a.m. near Natural Bridge in Leon County

“The tornado touched down at approximately 6:50 a.m. near Lake Talquin Highway, just west of Lake Talquin, promptly causing EF-0 tree damage. It then crossed Lake Talquin a few minutes later before making landfall on the eastern shore of Lake Talquin .where the EF-1 caused damage with several broken and uprooted trees, some of which fell on two cars and a few houses.

“The tornado would then continue moving generally east to southeast with EF-1 damage over Blountstown Hwy and along and just south of Bloxham Cutoff Road before moving more east through Apalachicola National Forest where overturned and demolished trees were noted along some of the National Forest Roads.”

“The tornado then crossed Springhill Road near the Trout Pond GF&A Trailhead causing major EF-1 damage.”

“The tornado then continued east-southeast toward US-319 near Oak Ridge Road W, continuing to cause major EF-1 damage. The tornado continued along Oak Ridge Road causing EF-1 damage, causing several fatalities and broken trees were noticed along the road.”

Another cluster of high-grade EF-1 damage was noted on the west side of Woodville Hwy near Oak Ridge Road E. The tornado passed just north of Woodville Middle School, with numerous downed and broken trees noted between Oak Ridge Rd E and Natural Bridge Road .”

“The tornado crossed Taff Road, where it continued to cause high-grade EF-1 damage before passing over forest and farmland inaccessible to the survey team. Another cluster of broken trees was noted along Old Plank Road, where the tornado was probably underway before lifting just east of Old Plank Road at about 7:13 a.m. The maximum width was about 3,700 feet along Celia Road, west of Woodville.