CONFIRMED: Tornado hit Panama City Beach on Monday, more severe weather expected Thursday
PANAMA CITY BEACH — A small tornado touched down and damaged parts of Panama City Beach on Monday, National Weather Service meteorologists have confirmed.
A recent post on the NWS Tallahassee Twitter page states that meteorologists determined an EF-0 tornado was generated by the strong storm that moved through the Beach and other parts of the Panhandle on Monday. Meanwhile, meteorologists warn that similar severe storms could hit Bay County through the night Thursday.
Meteorologists determined that Monday's tornado came onshore shortly after 2 p.m., just west of Pier Park. It was estimated to have generated winds of about 85 mph and was almost 50 yards wide. The tornado headed northeast before dissipating at Frank Brown Park.
Trees were knocked down, power outages occurred and fencing and bleachers at Frank Brown Park were twisted and mangled by the tornado. The Fun-Land Arcade in PCB also suffered damage, as did a hotel under construction next to the Aqua Resort.
Also, ceiling tiles fell at the Boardwalk condo on Thomas Drive during the storm, injuring three people. They were taken to Bay Medical on the Beach for treatment.