Looks like we skipped hurricanes and went straight into tornado season. Late Monday morning, a tornado was seen ripping through Orlando as it crossed the I-75, leaving behind wreckage in its path. The massive storm was the result of severe thunderstorms combining in Central Florida, sparking an early start to tornado season.
On Monday morning, the National Weather Service broadcasted a warning of several severe thunderstorms throughout Central Florida that had the potential to "damage roofs, sidings, and trees."
Though as the line of storms converged throughout Central Florida, according to The Weather Channel, Seminole, Volusia, Orange, and Brevard counties began issuing tornado warnings throughout the area.
Shortly thereafter, footage of a tornado forming and making its way through the city of Sanford was caught, causing many throughout the area to lose power.
Tornado season typically starts during summer, from June to September, though meteorologists are expecting it to start sooner with more thunderstorms shown in the forecast.
"The risk of tornadoes also increases as the ingredients for severe weather are more often in place," The Weather Channel reports. "Tornado outbreaks often occur when a low-pressure system accompanied by a strong, southward dip in the jet stream punches into the Plains, Midwest or South."
So as temperatures continue to rise and thunderstorms become more common, an uptick of these massive systems poses a new threat for Floridians sheltering during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Un pequeño susto en Sanford Florida area Tornado https://t.co/sL8AsADJSJ— Juan Rios (@Juan Rios)1587398477.0
About 10,000 Florida customers are currently without electricity following the storm, says a report from PowerOutage.us.
Twitter users posted videos of the system and its impact, including one who saw it pass near Sanford Airport.
With hurricane season around the corner, it's predicted that the Atlantic Coast will be hit with at least 16 named tropical storms this year, though eight are expected to grow into category hurricanes.
Crews are out assessing damage from the storm that just passed through. Receiving reports of tree limbs and power l… https://t.co/HCWUDOHiTr— City of DeLand (@City of DeLand)1587397270.0
According to NWS, a thunderstorm watch will remain in place until 3 p.m. for central Florida. This will include Daytona Beach, Orlando, and the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro areas.