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Updated: 02/29/2016 08:30:03AM

Weather experts urge tornado preparedness

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After a week of rough weather that included two tornadoes damaging homes in Charlotte County, Southwest Floridians are pretty much in the clear this week. Instead, warm weather is likely with only a chance of light showers on Thursday. Still, meteorologist Daniel Noah of the National Weather Service said it’s especially important residents are prepared for tornadoes this coming month.

“March is our peak month for violent tornadoes in Florida,” Noah said. While an EF1 with up to 110 mph winds can cause a lot of property damage, violent tornadoes, EF2 or higher, with over 111 mph winds, are more likely to cause fatalities, he said. It was an EF2 in Duette in eastern Manatee County that collapsed a mobile home and caused two fatalities earlier this year.

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