Seven twisters touched down were confirmed, 3 EF0s, an EF1, two EF2s, and one EF4.
Tornado Activity in Florida
Five of the seven tornados in the whole outbreak touched down in Florida alone, as one of them was the strongest tornado in January of 2015.
Bradenton, FL 2015 Twister
|EF4 tornado (NWS)|
|Duration||10:29 AM EDT – 11:42 AM EDT|
|Intensity||340 km/h (210 mph) (1-min)|
This massive tornado formed in open country near the Myakka area. It first was only a 10-metre wide pencil-like EF0 tornado, but then six vortices emerged from the thunderstorm, and they all converged into this 300-metre debris cloud as the funnel wasn't even all the way on the ground yet. At that point, it was already a 90mph EF1 tornado going towards the small Myakka City subdivision of Verna Bethany, which got hit by a monstrous 1.6-mile-wide F3+ tornado in 1988 [reference source will come soon] that killed 13 people, 12 in Verna Bethany alone, and injured nearly 200 others. Back then, it was the biggest tornado in Florida history in terms of size and damage, as it caused $1.71 billion in 2017 money, and it was also the most devastating tornado in terms of damage money for nine years. The 2015 tornado slammed into the Verna Bethany, destroying 12 homes and damaging 30. It kept going in that direction and completely obliterated at least eight structures at EF2 strength, as seven of them were abandoned. Multiple trees were tipped over for the next 5 minutes. When it left Verna Bethany, one person got killed in an automobile when it got crushed by a tree, as eight people were injured. It remained over mostly trees and open country for the next 45 minutes and 22 miles of its journey. At 11:14 AM EDT, it was recorded that the wind speeds were at 210mph, as a barn was completely obliterated right there. But it was downgraded to EF4+ because an EF4+ would've done the same exact damage to a barn. It then made a near sharp turn straight to Bradenton, traveling a straight path from there very parallel to Route 64. When it crossed the highway, five people were confirmed injured, as 35 cars were totaled, as 17 homes near the highway were almost completely destroyed. At that point, the churning twister was weakening but at 195mph strength. The twister then hit Bradenton at 11:30 AM, drowning the city and many other areas in immediate chaos. Multiple subdivisions were leveled, and 10 people were killed in the Acreage subdivision alone. It then hit downtown, as multiple fatalities were claimed, as several brick buildings were reduced to shambles and many well-built wooden structures were entirely splintered. The tornado then finally was rapidly deintensifying, as the tornado then hit a pier, capsizing 12 boats, thankfully none were occupied. But the whole pier and over 35% of the downtown area was entirely flattened. The tornado hit the pier when it was at EF2 strength, as it died out 2 minutes after leaving the town and the pier. It tracked 49.7 miles, left 114 homes destroyed, 301 damaged.
Fourteen fatalities and ~242 injuries were the result of this tornado, 12 fatalities in Bradenton and 2 in Verna Bethany, as Bradenton got ~225 injuries and Verna Bethany got at least 17.
Myakka City Tornado [2nd tornado]
|EF2 tornado (NWS)|
|Duration||12:06 PM EDT – 12:29 PM EDT|
|Intensity||210 km/h (130 mph) (1-min)|
Tampa Bay Tornado
|EF1 tornado (NWS)|
|Duration||3:36 PM EDT – 3:42 PM EDT|
|Intensity||175 km/h (110 mph) (1-min)|
No direct fatalities were reported, but over 55 injuries were confirmed, seven critically. This resulted into one indirect fatality.
[The other 2 tornados in Florida caused no damage, along with the one in Alabama.]
Macon-Thomaston, Georgia Twister
|EF2 tornado (NWS)|
|Duration||3:57 PM EDT – 5:29 PM EDT|
|Intensity||195 km/h (120 mph) (1-min)|
When the twister was done, at least 30 businesses were affected, around 75 homes destroyed, 158 damaged, over 500 cars totaled, four fatalities, and nearly 250 injuries. Nearly $10 million in damage was tallied due to this twister. It left a path longer than every other tornado in this whole outbreak combined even with that EF4 in Bradenton, at 61.1 miles long.
The tornadoes claimed a total of 25 fatalities, at least 580 injuries, and left over $75 million in damage.