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The City of Titusville, Florida / Emergency Management / Natural Disasters / Tornadoes


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Expected Damage Chart. EF-0. 65-85 miles per hour. Minor damage: shingles blown off or parts of a roof peeled off, damage to gutters/siding, branches broken off trees, shallow rooted trees toppled. EF-1. 86-110 miles per hour. “Moderate” damage. More significant roof damage, windows broken, exterior doors damaged or lost, mobile homes overturned or badly damaged. EF-2. 111-125 miles per hour. Considerable damage. Roofs torn off well constructed homes, homes shifted off their foundation, mobile homes completely destroyed, large trees snapped or uprooted, cars can be tossed. EF-3. 136-165 miles per hour. Severe damage. Entire stories of well constructed homes destroyed. Significant damage done to large buildings. Homes with weak foundations can be blown away. Trees begin to lose bark. EF-4. 166-200 miles per hour. Extreme damage. Well constructed homes are leveled, cars are thrown significant distances, top story exterior walls of masonry buildings would likely collapse. EF-5. >200 miles per hour. Massive/Incredible damage. Well constructed homes are swept away, steel-reinforced concrete structures are critically damaged, high-rise buildings sustain severe structural damage, trees are usually completely debarked, stripped of branches, and snapped.

A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries. Florida is #1 in number of tornadoes per square mile. Most are weak; however, strong ones do occur.

Tornado Safety

If a Tornado Warning is issued or if threatening weather approaches

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