October 5, 1992 |
The National Weather Service said Sunday that it will convene an inquiry into why residents here got no warning before tornadoes ripped through their mobile homes Saturday. Three people were killed, 53 injured and more than 100 homes were destroyed. In the Jacksonville area, more tornadoes tore roofs off businesses and damaged nearby mobile homes and an apartment house Sunday, a Fire Department spokesman said.
March 15, 1993 |
Even before the weekend's 80 m.p.h. winds and near-freezing temperatures, the battered St. Ann Mission here looked like the center of a squatters' encampment. Since being routed from their homes by Hurricane Andrew almost seven months ago, some 160 people have been living in mobile homes, tents and makeshift plywood sheds that surround the old church, cooking on outdoor grills, lining up for showers and praying for a change of luck.
April 25, 1995 |
A tornado that tore across a section of northern Florida destroyed several homes and damaged a hospital, college and church Monday. Several people suffered minor injuries. The twister touched down in the small community of Francis, then moved east to Palatka, cutting a 400-yard swath through the area but missing two elementary schools, a middle school and Palatka High School.
February 24, 1998 |
A line of ferocious thunderstorms roared out of the Gulf and across central Florida in the predawn darkness Monday, spawning up to 10 tornadoes that killed 38 people in what authorities called the deadliest outbreak of twisters in the state's history. The El Nino-related storm, one of a series to pummel the state this winter, struck while most Floridians were in bed. Hundreds of homes, many of them trailer homes, were leveled. Cars were tossed into living rooms.
November 23, 1988 |
Tropical Storm Keith blustered ashore in Florida today, spawning tornadoes, flooding streets, knocking down power lines and forcing more than 600 people to evacuate, including residents of a nursing home. A Pacific storm, meanwhile, pummeled Oregon with 75-m.p.h. winds and unleashed heavy rain in Northern California. There were no reports of deaths or injuries from the Florida storm, which packed 65-m.p.h. gusts, but the cost of cleanup was expected to run into the millions.
May 1, 1988
Thunderstorms from the Gulf of Mexico drenched parts of Texas with rain and triggered tornadoes in Florida. One twister, in Okeechobee, felled trees and damaged houses in the area, but no injuries were reported, a police spokeswoman said. At Venice, Fla., another tornado struck a mobile home park and hurled aluminum debris into power lines, cutting off electricity for several hours. Storm warnings remained in effect for most of southern Florida.