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National Weather Service confirms 6th tornado in SW Florida on January 16

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Kinfay Moroti
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Storm damage from January 16, 2022. Scenes from the Century 21 Mobile Home Community in Fort Myers (Iona area) that was struck by a tornado early Sunday morning. Many neighborhoods from Naples to Iona suffered extensive damage

National Weather Service forecasters confirmed over the weekend that a sixth tornado touched down in Southwest Florida the morning of Jan. 16.

An EF-0 tornado touched down in Cape Coral between Trafalgar Parkway and Pine Island Road, causing no reported injuries and only minimal damage.

That same morning an EF-2 tornado with 118 mph winds touched down in the Iona region of South Fort Myers off John Morris Road causing four reported injuries, and damage to more than one hundred mobile homes, including 30 that were destroyed. Other structures were damaged in the Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club, Kelly Greens, and McGregor Woods neighborhoods for a total of more than $1 million in estimated damages according to Lee County officials.

Other tornadoes touched down that same morning in Collier and Charlotte Counties as a storm front moved through the region including a tornado that flipped a semi tractor-trailer on its side, temporarily blocking westbound traffic on I-75.