“Stronger and longer track tornadoes are more frequent during El Niño,” said David Zierden, Florida’s state climatologist.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (PRWEB) January 20, 2016
Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) provides prompt emergency services, free inspections, and repairs after devastating El Niño storms, tornados and high winds ripped through central and south Florida.
Forecasters at the [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center predicted extreme winter weather in Florida last fall due to this year’s El Niño, among the strongest on record.
“Floridians generally don’t perceive the threat of tornadoes as much as other parts of the country,” said David Zierden, Florida Climate Center State Climatologist. “But the whole peninsula has an enhanced risk of tornadoes during strong El Niño years.”
The past week the southern and central portion of Florida has been hit with severe rain, windstorms, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Several tornadoes touched down this past weekend throughout central and south Florida leading to extensive property damage in Cape Coral, Siesta Key, Fort Myers, Naples, Hobe Sound, Lee County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, Collier County, Martin County, and Palm Beach County.
According to the National Weather Service, Cape Coral in Manatee County was ravaged by an EF-2 tornado with wind speeds between 111 to 135 mph, ripping a 300-foot-wide swath of destruction along a nine-mile stretch. A second EF-2 tornado touched down in Siesta Key in Sarasota County with winds estimated to have reached 70 mph, causing damage to several properties, structures, and trees. In Hobe Sound in Martin County, an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds ranging from 86 mph -110 mph devastated the area on Sunday, causing severe damage to roofs and cars while uprooting several large trees.
The National Weather Service confirmed wind damage similar to an EF-1 tornado in Collier County. Cape Coral and South Fort Myers in Lee County received extensive water and wind damage on Jan. 11 to properties after an EF-2 tornado devastated the area, damaging hundreds of structures during its 3.4-mile trek. Several thunderstorms and windstorms ravaged Naples in Collier County. According to the National Weather Service in Miami, a 30-mile stretch of Collier County was hit Jan. 17 by severe thunderstorm winds that reached speeds of the equivalent of an EF-1 tornado. According to The Weather Channel, wind gusts topped 80 mph in the Naples area and had enough force to shift planes around at the Naples airport.
“Stronger and longer track tornadoes are more frequent during El Niño,” said David Zierden, Florida’s state climatologist, Florida Climate Center. “The frequency of EF-1 tornadoes or greater is more than twice as likely during a strong El Niño.”
As a nationally recognized industry leader in storm damage repairs and restoration work, Venture Construction Group of Florida provides free property inspections, emergency roof services and tarping, and skilled assessments and repairs to property owners throughout the state.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Venture Construction Group of Florida is a leader in residential and commercial construction, renovations, insurance restoration, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout the state of Florida. We are a full-service general contractor and assist residential and commercial property owners with all of your construction and restoration needs. Operational excellence is our mission in every project we undertake, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Venture Construction Group of Florida is proud to be an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center preferred contractor, a certified contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council, and a member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida services commercial and residential properties throughout the state. For more information call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at http://www.vcgfl.com.
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