National Weather Service in Melbourne Damage Survey Confirms Waterspout/Tornado Hit Merritt Island Sunday
By Space Coast Daily // August 17, 2020
moved along 0.4-mile path from Sykes Creek across Glen Isles and Glen Haven neighborhoods
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
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