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Florida has the highest number of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles compared to all other states in the U.S., according to The Climate Center.
These tornadoes are known to be very destructive and among the most hit places in the state, the coast between Tampa Bay and Fort Myers gets hit the most. Tornadoes can quickly develop there with no notice and with winds exceeding more than 250 mph.
The exact origins of the latest tornado is still not very certain. However, meteorologists agree that it was likely due to cloudy, unstable weather conditions that most likely triggered the tornado to start and pick up high-speed winds.
Footage shared on Facebook by News4JAX showed a 345-foot wide tornado tearing through the city of Jacksonville. It happened around 4.45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 in Jacksonville’s Brierwood neighborhood and was captured by a security camera.
In just six minutes, the storm destroyed everything in its way, from trees and fences to industrial buildings and homes along Old Kings Road South and Powers Avenue.
Experts later said that this tornado could have been caused by Tropical Storm Elsa that was passing in the region. This hurricane hit the Caribbean and is currently passing along the east coast causing a lot of damage.
Tropical Storm Elsa started on June 29th, 2021 as a tropical wave, then was identified as a tropical cyclone. On July 2nd, 2021, Tropical Strom Elsa was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 86 mph.