Tornado Touches Down in Florida Near Tallahassee Airport Leaving Thousands without Power

Damage from a tornado that touched down by the Tallahassee airport in Florida, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee confirmed a tornado touched ground near the Tallahassee International Airport late Wednesday morning.

The storm has caused power outages and road closures. The city of Tallahassee was reporting Wednesday afternoon more than 4,800 utility customers without power across the city.

At 11:50 a.m. local time, the confirmed tornado was located near Florida A&M University and moving east at 55 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee:

“A tornado is on the ground,” the Weather Service tweeted. “TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.”

The storm was dropping torrential rainfall and the Weather Service said it may lead to flash flooding.

The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting the closure of parts of Interstate 10 due to water on the road.

At least one fatality on Interstate 10 has been reported. The accident occurred at about 11:45 a.m., just as a severe weather system moved through the area, though few details of the fatal crash were immediately available.

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SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat, Grace Pateras and Jeff Burlew