Waterspout-turned-tornado causes damage in Naples

Video from NBC-2

A waterspout came ashore as a small tornado in Naples on Friday morning, snapping trees, tossing pool furniture around but injuring no one, Naples Fire Chief Steve McInerny said.

The system continued through Collier County as a thunderstorm, producing heavy rains, high winds and even hail.

“We were fortunate that nobody was injured,” McInerny said.

The National Weather Service confirmed a water spout hit land just before 10:30 a.m. on the 1900 block of Gulf Shore Boulevard and essentially turned into the smallest ranked tornado, EF0. It came ashore near the Edgewater Beach Hotel, McInerny said.

“There was a worker there working on the grounds that saw the spout,” McInerny said. “He said he, quote, ran for his life and took shelter.”

The tornado made its way northeast toward the Ambassador Club condominiums before dying out when it reached Moorings Bay, McInerny said. It tossed furniture into the pool, broke windows, snapped tree trunks in half, ripped tiles off of roofs, and lifted sliding glass doors off their tracks.

“All of a sudden Mother Nature unleashed her fury,” resident Malcom Macvicar told NBC-2.

The damage was in an area of approximately 2 square miles, officials said.

“I was asleep and suddenly you hear a roar you couldn’t imagine. I’m from Missouri, so it sounded exactly like a tornado,” said Amy Denman.

The EF0 tornado had maximum winds in the 65-80 mph range, according to the National Weather Service. As the system moved through the area, nickel- to quarter-sized hail was reported from East Naples to Golden Gate Estates.

A Weather Channel analysis published last month reported that Florida has seen more tornadoes per square mile than any other state since the 1950s. However, the tornadoes tend to be small, weak and short-lived, according to a Tampa Times report.

“Typically, people don’t really think or see Florida as a tornado state, but they’re here,” McInerny said. “... This is just another lesson of always being prepared and taking the appropriate measures to stay clear of windows and doorways when these storms are approaching.”

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About 4,000 customers lost power due to the severe weather early Friday. There were several reports of trees downed in downtown Naples. One reader reported dime-sized hail in Golden Gate Estates. The Golden Gate Fire District reported nickel- to quarter-size hail at Wilson Boulevard and Immokalee Roads to the National Weather Service.

The outages are scattered, with most of the customers west of Interstate 75.

“Power crews are out there working to restore power to customers,” Florida Power & Light spokesman Neil Nissan said.

Collier County was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:30 a.m.

If you have pictures from weather today please send them to cdesk@naplesnews.com

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blefebvre writes:

Immokalle Roads tot he National Weather Service
Someone need to check their spelling!

naplesweety21 writes:

Yes I had nickel size hail here off brantley blvd.

native_at_heart writes:

I'm not there right now, can anyone tell me if the area around Airport and GG Pkwy has power or not?

canonfire writes:

OOOOOOOOOOOOH a ThunderStorm..I'M Skeeeered !!! Think I'll have to hunker down with Ms. Dishnow of FOX-News...and make some thunder of our own !!!! HAHAHAHAHA

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to canonfire:

OOOOOOOOOOOOH a ThunderStorm..I'M Skeeeered !!! Think I'll have to hunker down with Ms. Dishnow of FOX-News...and make some thunder of our own !!!! HAHAHAHAHA

Keeo yo powder dry and check where you aim the cannon, eh!

Don't want to hit the trailer!

RichMKing writes:

in response to wonderful:

Keeo yo powder dry and check where you aim the cannon, eh!

Don't want to hit the trailer!

Trailer?Last I heard he was living under a tarp.

Hootneye writes:

Woo...a little blow comes thru Naples and under the watch of the current fire chief who is ready to crap his pants at the drop of a hat.....what's he gonna do when something along the lines of Wilma or Andrew comes blowing thru his little part of paradise...then he'll have some real genuine calls to deal with and then maybe he can try to substantiate adding more staff again..........but he's got his old side kick "Bill the Apple Polisher" to guide him thru all of the turmoil, after all he knows it all, just ask him, he'll tell you himself.....what a pair......what a joke.....

alexia6ciula writes:

the main issue is that in Collier county and probably all florida the power lines are undequate and antiquate . Cant believe we still have wores having by poles. with all the hurricanes and winds I would assume that FPL shall start thinking about upgrate to undergrownd wiring or another more efficent way to power the area

sunburnt writes:

If we had channel 25 this would not have happened.

nellbill123 writes:

Hootneye writes:

Woo...a little blow comes thru Naples and under the watch of the current fire chief who is ready to crap his pants at the drop of a hat.....what's he gonna do when something along the lines of Wilma or Andrew comes blowing thru his little part of paradise...then he'll have some real genuine calls to deal with and then maybe he can try to substantiate adding more staff again..........but he's got his old side kick "Bill the Apple Polisher" to guide him thru all of the turmoil, after all he knows it all, just ask him, he'll tell you himself.....what a pair......what a joke.....

These two "Public Servants" are all about building their respective departments/budgets. The fire chief is pressing city council to expend over $500,000 for a new fire boat. The council will approve it because they are too out of touch to see what goes on. Tax more/spend more is Boss Moss and his thugs motto!

OP writes:

in response to johnwaynegacy:

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Sounds like trouble in domestic paradise.

angrytxpyr writes:

in response to Hootneye:

Woo...a little blow comes thru Naples and under the watch of the current fire chief who is ready to crap his pants at the drop of a hat.....what's he gonna do when something along the lines of Wilma or Andrew comes blowing thru his little part of paradise...then he'll have some real genuine calls to deal with and then maybe he can try to substantiate adding more staff again..........but he's got his old side kick "Bill the Apple Polisher" to guide him thru all of the turmoil, after all he knows it all, just ask him, he'll tell you himself.....what a pair......what a joke.....

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swampbuggy writes:

in response to angrytxpyr:

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It's Friday night, take a valium.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to sunburnt:

If we had channel 25 this would not have happened.

And several folks think that a stop light could've prevented this, eh?

Now we know how we got the present we got!

G-----

And young carney yelled: "File the BP claim, NOW!"

canonfire writes:

in response to RichMKing:

Trailer?Last I heard he was living under a tarp.

Fahuk You..Very Much !!!

canonfire writes:

This place is a joke..Go live in Texas..Then Really crap your pants when a K-5 tornado hits !! Bunch of morons wanting to be heard !! Sensationalism all the way !!

angrytxpyr writes:

in response to swampbuggy:

It's Friday night, take a valium.

That's what I did but I guess I shoulda stayed away from the ten Vodka Martinis after. I was just so terrified that the wind was blowing above 25mph and some palm fronds fell and some windows broke and water came in and it was raining and a non tornado might have hit and Steve, Ernie & Mac were in Ft Lauderdale again trying to buy some more respect from his former buddies with City of Naples TAXPAYER money and On No the Sky is falling and you know I might need to double up on the Valium and chase it with 3 xanax. Just image how he coulda saved the day and flapped his lips for the camera if he had a $590,000 fire boat and could save all the floating palm fronds and coconuts from the polluted bay. Back to the medicine cabinet for me.

jvic47 writes:

in response to Damyankee:

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Kudos Very funny. Sadly very true as well.

naples-is-a-sewer writes:

in response to native_at_heart:

I'm not there right now, can anyone tell me if the area around Airport and GG Pkwy has power or not?

Total devastation !! Power has been out since yesterday..Homes distroyed..Boats capsized....!! A real disaster !!! better get back here ASAP..You're not getting the whole story !!!! This was BAD !!!

RichMKing writes:

in response to canonfire:

Fahuk You..Very Much !!!

You're welcome sissy boy.

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