Mobile Tornado – NWS Report

December 20th, 2012 at 5:14 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR 20 DECEMBER 2012 TORNADO ACROSS THE MOBILE METROPOLITAN AREA…

 …EARLY MORNING EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED BY THE NWS…

 .OVERVIEW…STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS DEVELOPED ACROSS SOUTHEAST

MISSISSIPPI, SOUTHWEST ALABAMA AND THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE

AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING STRONG COLD FRONT DURING THE EARLY MORNING

HOURS ON 20 DECEMBER 2012.  ONE OF THE STORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS

MOBILE COUNTY SHORTLY BEFORE DAYBREAK PRODUCED A TORNADO THAT

IMPACTED THE MOBILE METROPOLITAN AREA.  

 

.MOBILE/PRICHARD TORNADO…

 

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    86-110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               SEVERAL MINOR (CUTS/BRUISES)

 

START DATE:             DEC 20 2012

START TIME:             449 AM CST

START LOCATION:         NEAR YMCA ON MICHAEL BOULEVARD

LAT/LON:                30.6671 -88.1383

 

END DATE:               DEC 20 2012

END TIME:               505 AM CST

END LOCATION:           U.S. HIGHWAY 43 NEAR WOODLAND AVENUE IN PRICHARD

END_LAT/LON:            30.7442 -88.0707

 

SURVEY SUMMARY:

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED STORM DAMAGE IN

MOBILE COUNTY ALABAMA TODAY AND DETERMINED THAT AN EF-1 TORNADO

OCCURRED IN THE MOBILE METROPOLITAN AREA FROM MIDTOWN MOBILE

NORTHEAST INTO THE CITY OF PRICHARD.   

 

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ALONG MICHAEL BOULEVARD PRODUCING

EF-0 DAMAGE (WINDS ESTIMATED UP TO 85 MPH) WHERE IT DAMAGED THE ROOF

OF THE YMCA AND PRODUCED MODERATE DAMAGE TO THE DAVIDSON HIGH SCHOOL

BASEBALL FIELD.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST

STRENGTHENING AS IT MOVED ACROSS MONTLIMAR BOULEVARD PRODUCING EF-1

DAMAGE (FROM WINDS ESTIMATED AT 86 TO 110 MPH) TO SEVERAL BUSINESSES

ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE INTERSTATE 65/AIRPORT BOULEVARD

INTERSECTION.  THE TORNADO CIRCULATION WIDENED TO NEAR 75 YARDS AS

IT MOVED NORTHEAST AFFECTING NUMEROUS HOMES THROUGH MIDTOWN MOBILE,

BLOWING LARGE SECTIONS OF ROOFS OFF OF SEVERAL HOMES, SNAPPING OR

BLOWING OVER NUMEROUS TREES.  HERE THE STORM PRODUCED DAMAGES

ESTIMATED IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES (INCLUDING

SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF DAMAGE TO THE FACILITY AND INVENTORY OF A

MERCEDES BENZ DEALERSHIP). ALSO IMPACTED WAS THE REGIONAL AMERICAN

RED CROSS HEADQUARTERS IN MOBILE WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE

ROOF AND DAMAGE TO SEVERAL SUPPORT VEHICLES/TRAILERS WAS NOTED. THE

TORNADO CONTINUE AT EF-1 STRENGTH AS IT TRACKED NORTHEAST INTO THE

CITY OF PRICHARD DOING SIMILAR DAMAGE, BEFORE WEAKENING AND

DISSIPATING ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 43 AT WOODLAND AVENUE. 

 

MOBILE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY PROVIDED THE NWS THE

FOLLOWING PRELIMINARY INFORMATION FROM THEIR DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

ALONG THE TORNADO TRACK…

 

20 TO 25 HOMES UNINHABITABLE

20 STRUCTURES WITH MAJOR DAMAGE

100 STRUCTURES WITH MINOR DAMAGE

NUMEROUS BUSINESSES WITH DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES AND PROPERTY.

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WANTS TO THANK THE MOBILE COUNTY

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH OUR STORM

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT EFFORTS TODAY.   

 

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND

PARTNERS. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO

HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY

MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR SKYWARN STORM REPORTING HOTLINE AT

1-800-284-9059.

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