BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — An apparent tornado touched down early Monday at a state prison near Blountstown in Florida's Panhandle, slightly injuring two people and damaging a number of vehicles.
Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel says the workers were just arriving for their shifts early Monday at the Calhoun Correctional Institution and hadn't even gotten out of their vehicles when the storm struck around 4 a.m. CST.
Kimbrel says there was "major damage" to between 25 and 30 vehicles in the parking lot and some of the fencing around the prison's perimeter was knocked down. He said no one escaped from the facility, which has a maximum capacity of 1,354 inmates.
The sheriff says a number of sheriff's deputies and correctional officers were stationed outside the prison after the storm and the Florida Highway Patrol was also assisting.