A subtropical disturbance over the Yucatan Channel and southeast Gulf of Mexico struggled to organize on Tuesday, but had enough organized embedded rotating storms as it moved east to produce several tornadoes across South Florida during the evening hours.
One of these tornadoes ( now confirmed by the NWS Miami as EF-0 85mph winds) ripped through the small town of Lakeport, Florida around 7:30pm. The small community of Lakeport is located in Glades County along the western rim of Lake Okeechobee.
When I arrived at first light this morning, I first noticed a debris field crossing Highway 78, with wood and metal debris scattered on both sides of the road, and the sugarcane fields to the right flattened by what look to be very strong winds. I toured a small neighborhood with about 15 homes just to the south of 78, which all had some type of damage. Most of the damage looked to be from carports, patios, landscaping and power lines. A few of these homes had some roof damage as well, and some of that debris was laying on the other side of Highway 78.
I moved on to 721 Rd which brought me back to the south behind the first neighborhood, and here I found even more damage to several short blocks of mobile homes. Residents and power crews were already cleaning up a lot of the debris that was still scattered everywhere. Again, most of the damage I could see was to carports, patios, docks, and several roofs peeled back. There was a pontoon boat flipped upside down and thrown into the canal between the two hardest hit streets.
The width of the damage only appeared to be about 100 yards and maybe a mile or two long. It is hard to tell since the damage path starts over wetlands and continues on into prairie lands after crossing 78.
Several other tornadoes were already confirmed earlier today, with one in Sunrise, FL rated an EF-2 with 120mph winds, another in Indian River County, FL and Indiantown, FL. All of the tornadoes produced structural damage, and the Indian River tornado has been rated an EF-0, as well as the Indiantown one per The National Weather Service in Melbourne, FL.