Tornado Hits Downtown Tampa Bay, FL

tampa bay waterspout tornadoA tornado, which the National Weather Service has categorized as an EF-0 was caused by a waterspout moving onshore in Downtown Tampa Bay Florida in the early morning hours of February 26th 2013.  The photo above was taken by Robert Siegel who was vacationing in Tampa Bay Florida.  You can clearly see the waterspout in the picture just yards off shore from Downtown Tampa Bay Florida.  Below is the Public Information Statement from the National Weather Service on the tornado in Downtown Tampa Bay

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
212 PM EST TUE FEB 26 2013

...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 02/26/13 DOWNTOWN TAMPA TORNADO
EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...A WATERSPOUT DEVELOPED AROUND 1112 AM IN THE CHANNEL
BETWEEN HARBOUR ISLAND AND DAVIS ISLAND...OR BETWEEN THE WESTIN
HOTEL ON HARBOUR ISLAND AND THE TAMPA BAY CONVENTION CENTER. THE
WATERSPOUT MOVED ONSHORE AS A TORNADO ALONG THE NORTHERN SHORE OF
HARBOR ISLAND NEAR THE WESTIN HOTEL...AND PROCEEDED DOWN THE
CHANNEL BETWEEN THE TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM AND HARBOUR ISLAND. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED THROUGH THE CHANNELSIDE AREA BEFORE LIFTING JUST
EAST OF THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM.

.DOWNTOWN TAMPA TORNADO...

RATING: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 75 TO 85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.85 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 100 YARDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE

START DATE:              02-26-13
START TIME:              1112 AM EST
START LOCATION:          0.10 MILES SOUTH OF THE TAMPA BAY
                         CONVECTION CENTER

END DATE:                02-26-13
END TIME:                1115 AM EST
END LOCATION:            0.10 MILES EAST OF THE FLORIDA
                         AQUARIUM

SURVEY SUMMARY: DAMAGE OCCURRED TO THE WESTIN HOTEL...JACKSONS
BISTRO...THE CHANNELSIDE COMPLEX...AND THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM WERE
ALL CONFIRMED TO HAVE SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM THE TORNADO. THE
DAMAGE INCLUDED ROOFING...CONDO FURNITURE...DOWNED LIGHT POLES AND
5 VEHICLES.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

$$

JRJ/BAM


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