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.
Fujita Damage Scale...Estimated Storm Winds Based on Damage