A family saw a tornado as they drove on Alligator Alley in Collier County

Published: January 17, 2022 9:57 PM EST
Updated: January 17, 2022 10:42 PM EST

A family headed to a baseball game was shocked to see a tornado cross I-75 in Collier County.

According to them, the dark clouds on Sunday looked different from the usual in the distance. “It was crazy. Because on the left side, you can see like these dark clouds.”

The family that was headed to Naples via Alligator Alley pulled over. That’s when they found themselves stuck in traffic with a tornado.

Kathryn Portalatin was driving her family to Naples at the time. “Went right in front of us and went to the right company, like, as fast as it formed this as fast as it went,” Portalatin said.

The Portalatin family had an outstanding view of the twister crossing the alley. “We were scared. But my mom slow down. She stopped on the side. And it just was like, ‘Oh, my God, what is it? What’s gonna happen?'” they said. 

But Kathryn said other drivers just kept on going. “The cars on the left side just went right past it, completely through it. So the ones in front of us slammed on their brakes,” she said.

They also had a front-row seat to a Walmart truck overturning on the interstate. “The tornado was actually in the street, as like on the road when the tractor-trailer was going through it,” Kathryn said. 

WINK News brought you images on Sunday of the aftermath of that tornado.

Portalatin is just glad her family wasn’t harmed. “Thank God that it didn’t actually come towards us. And we were, you know, able to get away from,” she said.