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Tornado touches down in Tallahassee, damaging airport and knocking out power

No injuries from the twister were immediately reported.
A damaged plane from a tornado at the Tallahassee International Airport.
A damaged plane from a tornado at the Tallahassee International Airport. [ City of Tallahassee ]
Published Jan. 27, 2021|Updated Jan. 27, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — A tornado touched down near the airport in Tallahassee on Wednesday, flipping at least one small plane over and knocking out weather radar before moving east into residential neighborhoods, the National Weather Service said. Hundreds were without power.

The city of Tallahassee tweeted photos at Tallahassee International airport showing the flipped plane and a damaged hangar. The airport was closed as officials assessed damage, but there were no reported injuries.

Hundreds of customers were without power, according to the city.

The tornado also caused damage in the city’s Southwood community, where several state offices are located, as well as scattered neighborhoods south of downtown, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jasmine Montgomery.

Weather radar at the airport was still intermittent as the storm moved to counties east of Tallahassee, but Montgomery said the weather service had other radar available to keep watch on the system.


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