Tracking the path of the EF2 tornado in Iona

Published: January 18, 2022 9:37 PM EST
Updated: January 18, 2022 11:08 PM EST

Swirling clouds can only mean one thing. That’s what some people saw when they woke up on Sunday morning in Iona.

You can hear in videos the shock in everyone’s voice. “That’s a real tornado right there.”

The Weather Authority has learned that the tornado that caused so much damage started over the water. “That’s a water spout… that’s a water spout across the golf course, look at it.”

WINK News Chief Meteorologist Matt Devitt submitted three videos to the National Weather Service. Those videos helped the NWS determine that the Iona tornado started earlier traveled farther than previously thought.

Katherine Coval told me WINK News saw the effects of the wind before she ever heard the tornado. “And all of a sudden, all the palm fronds came down must have been about 15 of them, and I thought, what’s going on? And I was in shock,” Coval said.

One neighbor even lost his lanai in the process.

Heading down McGregor was the tornado’s final move. Blown over trees lined part of the Cape Coral Bridge.