Florida has seen a lot of tornado activity this year. And according to weather experts, residents there shouldn’t be surprised if they see more. That’s according to a report in the Sun-Sentinel (see: “After five tornadoes already this year, South Florida can expect more,” by Mike Clary).
“In an average year, eight tornadoes strike South Florida,” the paper reported. “But this is no average year. In less than three weeks, five twisters raked sections of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties – the last three on Tuesday -- and conditions are ripe for more.” Said meteorologist Greg Carbin, an expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, “The prospects for this to occur again are relatively good.”
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Florida tornadoes are unlikely to reach the monster proportions of a Midwest killer tornado, the paper reported. “Florida has never seen a category EF5 tornado, with winds of 200 miles an hour, such as the one that killed 24 people and destroyed much of Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, according to the National Weather Service,” the paper reported. “The storms which caused damage but no deaths in Florida last week were rated EF1, the least powerful category, with top winds of 65 to 85 mph.”