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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
706 PM EDT SUN JUL 9 2017

...NWS CONFIRMS TORNADOES IN RURAL ORANGE COUNTY AND KISSIMMEE ON
07/07/17...

.OVERVIEW...The Atlantic and Gulf coast sea breeze boundaries
collided from south-central Orange County to western Osceola County
during the early evening. During the initial collision and prior to
any shower or thunderstorm development, a brief landspout/tornado was
observed from the Orlando International Airport tower and was
photographed by people at the airport. Showers and thunderstorms then
rapidly formed along the north-to-south boundary collision zone and
a series of low-level rotational signatures were noted on Doppler
radar over the Kissimmee area. One of signatures produced a funnel
cloud, which was observed by many citizens and SKYWARN spotters in
Kissimmee. Shortly thereafter, the funnel cloud developed into a
tornado and produced minor damage to several homes in Kissimmee.
Many residents witnessed and photographed the funnel cloud and
tornado.

.MEADOW WOODS TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    50 mph
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  0.05 miles
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   15 yards
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JUL 7 2017
START TIME:             08:00 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         1.9 Miles ESE Tangelo Park
START LAT/LON:          28.3917 / -81.3403
END DATE:               JUL 7 2017
END TIME:               8:00 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           1.9 Miles ESE Tangelo Park
END LAT/LON:            28.3917 / -81.3403

DAMAGE SUMMARY: An  observation from Air Traffic Control at Orlando
International Airport and examination of photographs taken from
the airport confirm that a landspout/tornado briefly formed
approximately two miles southwest of the tower within an undeveloped
area of rural Orange County (Meadow Woods). The tornado developed as
a strong collision of two sea breeze boundaries was taking place,
prior to shower and thunderstorm development. Partly cloudy skies
were occurring at the time. The photographs clearly showed a large
radius of dust/dirt surrounding the vortex at the surface and a
condensation funnel extending upward to the cloud base. No damage was
reported. The tornado was estimated at EF-0 strength (winds 40 to 50
mph).


.BUENA VENTURA LAKES TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    70 mph
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE):  0.7 miles
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM):   25 yards
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JUL 7 2017
START TIME:             08:29 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         2.5 Miles ENE Kissimmee
START LAT/LON:          28.3171 / -81.3636
END DATE:               JUL 7 2017
END TIME:               08:32 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           3.2 Miles ENE Kissimmee
END LAT/LON:            28.3224 / -81.3540

DAMAGE SUMMARY: Numerous residents within the Buena Ventura Lakes
region of Kissimmee observed a funnel cloud approach from the
southwest after 815 PM and become a tornado at 829 PM as it
traveled through two adjacent subdivisions for less than
0.75 miles before dissipating at 832 PM. Eyewitnesses described
swirling debris at the surface, as well as swirling water within an
adjacent lake, with a visible condensation funnel farther aloft to
the cloud base. Several single family homes sustained minor damage,
consisting of several removed shingles, and damage to carports and
pool screen enclosures. A large mango tree fell onto one home
resulting in roof damage. The tornado path and intensity (EF-0,
winds estimated at 60-70 mph) were determined after examining
damage photosand interviewing several eyewitnesses.

The NWS thanks Osceola County Emergency Management for providing
damage photos and on-scene observations, Orlando media for sharing
funnel cloud and tornado photos, and local citizens for providing
photos and eyewitness reports of storm impacts.

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 events and publication in
NWS storm data.

$$

Spratt



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