Winter storm tornado snow florida : A vast tempest unleashed its fury upon the Southern states on Tuesday, featuring fierce thunderstorms and tornadoes that wreaked havoc in Florida—tearing off roofs, overturning campers, and flinging furniture into disarray. Simultaneously, another weather system paralyzed cities across the Midwest with over six inches of snow, leaving people stranded on highways as it advanced towards the Northeast. 🌪❄️
The South bore the brunt of the storm’s wrath, with at least four casualties attributed to the onslaught. Wind speeds of 55 mph, accompanied by hail, swept through the Florida Panhandle, extending into parts of Alabama and Georgia. The National Weather Service reported radar-confirmed tornadoes, with a staggering wind gust of 106 mph recorded near the coast in Walton County, Florida, before dawn.
Tragedy struck near Cottonwood, Alabama, as 81-year-old Charlotte Paschal lost her life when her mobile home was tossed from its foundation by a suspected tornado. In Clayton County, south of Atlanta, heavy rain claimed a life when a tree fell on a car on a state highway in Jonesboro.
North Carolina faced the fury of a suspected tornado in Claremont, resulting in one death and two individuals critically injured in a mobile home park. Downed power lines in Rocky Mount led to the closure of both directions of I-95, a major highway.
As the storm wreaked havoc, 84 million people along the East Coast remained under flood watches and warnings. PowerOutage.us reported over 481,000 customers without power in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, with an additional 151,000 affected in Virginia and North Carolina.
Vice President Kamala Harris’s return flight to Washington, D.C., was slightly diverted due to “inclement weather.” Storm-related injuries were reported in Florida, prompting Governor Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency for 49 counties in North Florida.
Panama City Beach, Florida, bore visible scars of the storm—roofs blown away, debris scattered, and a house tilted on its side. Gary Michaels, an eyewitness, described the deafening noise of the heavy winds as akin to a “freight train hitting a brick wall,” while Kevin Guthrie of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management raised concerns about potential EF3 tornado strength.
Residents were urged to stay indoors in Panama City as law enforcement assessed damage, including downed power lines and trees. Sheriff Tommy Ford of Bay County confirmed multiple reports of tornadoes on the ground. 🏡🌊 #StormAlert