Watch Breathtaking Footage of Tornado Forming over Florida Interstate Highway


A tornado swept across an interstate in central Florida on Monday morning, leaving behind damage and minor injuries.

The National Weather Service office in Jacksonville reported the twister touched down in Marion County at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Interstate 75 near Ocala.

The tornado had a rating of EF-0 with peak winds of approximately 85 miles per hour. After touching down, it traveled northeast for 11.5 miles.

It crossed the interstate, snapping trees and lifting a stationary trailer that had a 36-foot portable building on it across the roadway.

The Florida High Patrol’s Gainesville station shared pictures of the building before and after it made its “crash landing on the east grass shoulder.”

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“Thank God nobody was killed or injured!” the station tweeted.

The 48-year-old driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization, according to WTVT.

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Several motorists and area captured video footage of the twister and shared it on social media.

The images show the gray funnel twisting across the highway and motorists slamming on their brakes to avoid it.

From homes, the twister appeared like an ominous warning from the sky of the terrible damage nature can inflict.

Watch the scenes unfold here:

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As the tornado traveled north, it left behind some minor roof and window damage, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS Jacksonville issued a tornado warning as the twister raced east into the Ocala National Forest.

An EF-0 tornado is generally considered weak with peak winds between 65-85 mph, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

WTVT reported the tornado was produced by a group of storms that blew through Florida on Monday.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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