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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
841 PM EDT Wed Jun 12 2024

...NWS Damage Survey for Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island Tornado
Event on Wednesday June 12 2024...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 - 95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.7 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   500 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             06/12/2024
Start Time:             10:37 AM
Start Location:         Hobe Sound, FL
Start Lat/Lon:          27.0590, -80.1412

End Date:               06/12/2024
End Time:               10:44 AM
End Location:           Jupiter Island, FL
End Lat/Lon:            27.0646, -80.1136

A National Weather Service Melbourne damage survey confirms that
an EF-1 tornado impacted the communities of Hobe Sound and Jupiter
Island on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

The tornado touched down in a wooded area to the west of US-1
around 10:37 AM, very near the Island Mall shopping plaza. The
system crossed US-1 where it continued to produced a swath of
mainly vegetative damage, with numerous trees felled within the
parking lot of a second shopping plaza. The circulation moved
east toward A1A where additional damage to softwood and hardwood
trees was noted in the vicinity of Hobe Sound Elementary School.

The most notable damage was along Bridge Road just before where
the road crosses the Indian River Lagoon. Here, a total of 20 to
25 large ficus trees were toppled (uprooted) as a result of wind
gusts that peaked between 85 to 95 mph. The tornado moved over the
Indian River Lagoon and into Jupiter Island where more trees were
felled from peak winds of 75 to 85 mph. Finally, the circulation
moved into the Atlantic Ocean where it briefly became a
waterspout before dissipating.

As noted earlier, the vast majority of damage related to this
tornado was confined to vegetation, most notably hardwood and
softwood trees. Only minor structural damage, including a home
with torn shingles and a grocery store with limited roof damage,
was noted during the survey.

There are no known direct injuries or fatalities as a result of
the wind damage. Thank you to Martin County Fire Rescue and Emergency
Management, the Sheriff`s Office, as well as local broadcast
media, trained spotters, and local residents for providing
information before and during the storm survey.

&&

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0.....65 to 85 mph
EF1.....86 to 110 mph
EF2.....111 to 135 mph
EF3.....136 to 165 mph
EF4.....166 to 200 mph
EF5.....>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.

$$

Ulrich