Friday, June 2, 2023


Tornado flattens Tropicana Mobile Home Park in Fort Myers, FL

A tornado with winds of up to 118 mph severely damaged several parts of Fort Myers, Florida, including the Tropicana Mobile Home Park. The tornado was one of several that hit the area Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued its first tornado warning for Fort Myers at about 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday. The NWS said the storm was a category EF2, with winds up to 118 mph. It was the strongest wind speed recorded in Southwest Florida since 2016.

No deaths were reported from the tornadoes, but minor injuries were reported. About 50 homes were either destroyed or severely damaged. You can also view an interview with a resident of the Tropicana Mobile Home Park here.

Mike Gast
Mike Gast
Mike Gast was the vice president of Communications for Kampgrounds of America Inc. for 20 years before retiring in 2021. He also enjoyed a long newspaper career, working as a writer and editor at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana. He and his wife, Lori Lyon, now own and operate the Imi Ola Group marketing company, focusing on the outdoor industry.


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