Tornadoes strike Corpus Christi - October 24, 2002

By the Staff of the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, Texas

Click Map for Larger Image Tornadoes left a trail of destruction through populated areas of Corpus Christi on October 24th, 2002. National Weather Service Doppler Radar tracked this storm cell as it tore its way through town. National Weather Service personnel have surveyed the damage from the storm. The information provided here can be considered only preliminary and may be subject to revision as more information is received. Three tornadoes were believed to have occurred from these storms. All three tornadoes were produced by the same severe storm cell. The first began at around 219 PM and was 8 miles south of the Corpus Christi Airport. This tornado moved across open country...Produced no reports of damage...and was rated F0 (F-ZERO) on the FUJITA SCALE. This tornado was estimated at less than 50 yards wide...Moved along an approximately seven mile path and dissipated just southeast of the intersection of Old Brownsville road and Padre Island drive in Corpus Christi at 228 PM. The second tornado developed near Navigation Blvd and Old Brownsville road at 232 PM...And moved Northeast to the west edge of the Gabe Lazano Golf Center and into the DEL MAR COLLEGE WEST CAMPUS where the most extensive damage occurred. The tornado then moved north and eventually north-northwest dissipating near Baldwin Blvd north of Agnes street at 240 PM. This tornado was rated an F2 on the Fujita Scale, had a path length of 2 1/2 Miles...and was 100 to 200 yards wide. The third tornado developed at 240 PM just south of the Driscoll Middle School as the second tornado was dissipating and increased to F2 intensity on the Fujita Scale in the vicinity of the H.E.B. grocery store and the U.S. Post Office. This tornado moved northeast about 5 miles into Nueces Bay and dissipated around 250 P.M. This was the widest tornado with a measured path width of 400 yards. Total damage is now estimated at a minimum of $75 million...With much of the damage estimates attributed to Del Mar College.

Information from the Corpus Christi Emergency Management indicates...

  • FATALITIES...1 (AT DEL MAR COLLEGE)
  • INJURIES.....26 (14 INJURED AT DEL MAR COLLEGE)
  • SINGLE FAMILY HOMES WITH SLIGHT DAMAGE...36
  • SINGLE FAMILY HOMES WITH MINOR DAMAGE....70
  • SINGLE FAMILY HOMES WITH MAJOR DAMAGE....73
  • SINGLE FAMILY HOMES DESTROYED............4
  • MULTI FAMILY UNITS WITH MINOR DAMAGE.....5
  • MULTI FAMILY UNITS WITH MAJOR DAMAGE.....21
  • MULTI FAMILY UNITS DESTROYED.............15
There were 60 businesses that ceased operations because of the tornadoes. There were 15 businesses that suffered major damage...1 suffered minor damage...With a repair cost of $6.65 million. There are an estimated 350 people unemployed because of the Tornadoes.

Fujita Damage Scale...Estimated Storm Winds Based on Damage
  • F0 Winds Less than 73 Mph
  • F1 73 - 112 Mph
  • F2 113 - 157 Mph
  • F3 158 - 206 Mph
  • F4 207 - 260 Mph
  • F5 261 - 318 Mph
IMAGE ABOVE IS A LARGE SCALE OVERVIEW OF THE AREA. BELOW ARE MID-LEVEL AND STREET LEVEL MAPS.

 

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