Monday , June 21 2021

Tallahassee tornado: Twister strikes Florida’s capital, damaging Tallahassee International Airport

The city posted photos of a hangar ripped apart and a small plane flipped upside down.

“Due to impacts from the severe weather moving through the area, Tallahassee International Airport is temporarily closed for damage assessment,” the airport tweeted.

“Currently, no injuries are reported. Updates will be posted as they become available.”

Around 1:47 p.m., the airport reopened.
“Thank you for your patience as damage assessment was conducted after the severe weather,” the airport tweeted.

“One runway remains closed while final debris removal & safety checks are performed. The other runway is open for air traffic during this time.”

Shortly after the tornado hit, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee tweeted an urgent warning: “11:43 am – Leon County. A tornado is on the ground! TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. Protect yourself from flying debris.”

Radar indicated the tornado moved near or over the airport. A tornado warning was in effect until 12:30 p.m.

The storm continued east alongside Interstate 10. By mid-afternoon, the storm was approaching the Jacksonville metro area.

The severe weather stretching from just north of Gainesville into southeast Georgia had weakened slightly from when it rolled through Tallahassee. Forecasters expect the threat from tornadoes to diminish by about 5 p.m.

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