367  
NOUS42 KJAX 172140  
PNSJAX  
FLZ020-021-023>025-030>033-035-037-038-122-124-125-133-136-138-  
140-222-236-240-340-GAZ132>136-149-151>154-162-163-165-166-250-  
264-350-364-180945-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL  
440 PM EST WED FEB 17 2021  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 02/15/2021 TORNADO EVENT
 
 
   
OVERVIEW
 
A DISCRETE SUPERCELL WELL AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD  
FRONT AND DOWNSTREAM OF A WARM FRONT NORTH OF THE STORM MOVED ACROSS  
THE SUWANNEE VALLEY PARALLELING FLORIDA STATE ROAD 247. A TORNADO  
DEVELOPED FROM THIS SUPERCELL NORTHWEST OF LAKE CITY, EAST OF LAKE  
WILSON, AND NORTH OF LAKE LOMA IN COLUMBIA COUNTY IN NORTH FLORIDA  
IN THE LATE AFTERNOON. SPORADIC WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED WITH THE  
TORNADO INCLUDING FENCING, ROOF AND HOUSE DAMAGE AND DOWNED TREE LIMBS.  
   
COLUMBIA COUNTY FEBRUARY 15, 2021 TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 80 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.37 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 60 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: 02/15/2021  
START TIME: 04:17 PM EST  
START LOCATION: 5 NW LAKE CITY / COLUMBIA COUNTY / FL  
START LAT/LON: 30.207 / -82.738  
 
END DATE: 02/15/2021  
END TIME: 04:21 PM EST  
END LOCATION: 5 NW LAKE CITY / COLUMBIA COUNTY / FL  
END LAT/LON: 30.208 / -82.734  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
 
BETWEEN 418 AND 421 PM EST ON FEBRUARY 15, 2021, A SUPERCELL TORNADO  
DEVELOPED OVER COLUMBIA COUNTY WEST OF LAKE CITY. THE TORNADO CAUSED  
DAMAGE TO TREES, FENCES AND CAUSED TILED ROOF DAMAGE NEAR HIGH POINT  
DRIVE ALONG ITS 0.37 MILE PATH. NWS SURVEY FOUND THE TORNADO HAD PEAK  
WINDS OF 80 MPH AND WAS ABOUT 60 YARDS WIDE.  
 

 
 
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.  
 

 
 
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