Swirling clouds can only mean one thing. That’s what some people saw when they woke up on Sunday morning in Iona.
You can hear in videos the shock in everyone’s voice. “That’s a real tornado right there.”
The Weather Authority has learned that the tornado that caused so much damage started over the water. “That’s a water spout… that’s a water spout across the golf course, look at it.”
WINK News Chief Meteorologist Matt Devitt submitted three videos to the National Weather Service. Those videos helped the NWS determine that the Iona tornado started earlier traveled farther than previously thought.
EF-2 IONA TORNADO UPDATE New info after I submitted @WINKNews viewer video to @NWSTampaBay:
– Track lengthened to 7.9 miles (previously 1.8 miles)
– Duration 16 minutes (previously 5 minutes)
– Also went through Gulf Harbour and crossed Cape Coral Bridge. @spann @stormhour pic.twitter.com/VHsvNl8nEQ
— Matt Devitt (@MattDevittWINK) January 18, 2022
Very close view of debris being lofted by a #tornado passing Kelly Greens Golf and Country club in Iona, Florida earlier this morning.
Kenneth Cieslak sent in the video. He said it sounded like a plane was landing behind his house.#weather #tornado #stormhour #flwx pic.twitter.com/ODrnic7wnF
— Nash Rhodes (@NashWX) January 16, 2022
Katherine Coval told me WINK News saw the effects of the wind before she ever heard the tornado. “And all of a sudden, all the palm fronds came down must have been about 15 of them, and I thought, what’s going on? And I was in shock,” Coval said.
More unbelievable video from Sunday’s EF2 tornado in Iona, Florida!
This was taken in the Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club. You can hear the sound of a freight train as the #tornado just missed the building.
Video sent in by a WINK viewer#weather #stormhour #florida #flwx #wx pic.twitter.com/jcTcB9YhvP
— Nash Rhodes (@NashWX) January 18, 2022
One neighbor even lost his lanai in the process.
Heading down McGregor was the tornado’s final move. Blown over trees lined part of the Cape Coral Bridge.
Video from earlier this morning in Fort Myers from Jared Rickenbrode . Chief Met @MattDevittWINK says the tornado warning for Lee, Desoto and Charlotte counties is now clear pic.twitter.com/EDmu9P5KHl
— Dannielle Garcia WINK News (@Dannielle_Garci) January 16, 2022
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