National Weather Service in Melbourne Damage Survey Confirms Waterspout/Tornado Hit Merritt Island Sunday

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moved along 0.4-mile path from Sykes Creek across Glen Isles and Glen Haven neighborhoods

The National Weather Service in Melbourne Damage Survey has confirmed that a waterspout/tornado moved southeast along a 0.4-mile path from Sykes Creek across Glen Isles and Glen Haven neighborhoods on Sunday afternoon. (NWS image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The National Weather Service in Melbourne Damage Survey has confirmed that a waterspout/tornado moved southeast along a 0.4-mile path from Sykes Creek across Glen Isles and Glen Haven neighborhoods on Sunday afternoon.

The peak intensity was estimated at 55-65 mph.

A waterspout formed on Sykes Creek at approximately 4:48 pm and traveled southeast, coming onshore and crossing Island Drive, Anchor Lane, Glen Haven Drive and lifting near Phyllis Drive at approximately 4:49 pm.

The damage was most significant where the waterspout came onshore, where a back porch was lifted overtop a house and deposited in the front yard.

The remainder of the damage consisted of tree damage, fences blown over and minor soffit and roof damage along the 0.4-mile track.

Damage along the entire path was rated EF-0 (winds estimated 55-65 mph). There were no injuries or fatalities.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0…Weak……65 to 85 MPH
EF1…Weak……86 to 110 MPH
EF2…Strong….111 to 135 MPH
EF3…Strong….136 to 165 MPH
EF4…Violent…166 To 200 MPH
EF5…Violent…>200 MPH

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