NWS confirms tornado hit Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties during Friday morning storms

The weather was very busy in the WEAR-TV viewing area Friday morning. We had 28 different storm reports in our viewing area (this included damaging wind gusts, hail, and a tornado).

Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties saw the worst storms Friday morning. Destructive wind was the main problem in these areas, especially in Crestview, Jay & Munson, Florida. Numerous power outages occurred and most of the 28 storm reports came from the areas mentioned above. Click here to see photos of the damage. Some areas of Escambia County (FL) also experienced wind damage and high winds.

This storm report page is expected to expand and include more reports over the weekend. Stay tuned for updates!

The only tornado report confirmed by the National Weather Service in Mobile came from Munson, Florida.

From the National Weather Service in Mobile: “The tornado began along State Highway 4, about 3 miles west northwest of Munson, where pine trees were snapped and power lines downed in a converging pattern The tornado peaked in intensity at an estimated speed of 115 mph (EF2) over Munson, where numerous pine trees were broken in a converging pattern in a band approximately 450 yards wide. then took a slight course to the east-southeast as it essentially paralleled State Highway 4 east of Munson with numerous pines and broken oaks on both sides of the road, Snaps continued into. Okaloosa County, Florida, where the tornado is estimated to have originated northwest of Baker.

This tornado occurred between 3:53 a.m. and 4:04 a.m. CT Friday morning.

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