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Pensacola Tornado October 18, 2007

 

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
330 PM CDT FRI OCT 19 2007

...RESULTS OF THE STORM SURVEY FOR THE TORNADO NEAR PENSACOLA
FLORIDA ON OCTOBER 18...

A STORM SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED THURSDAY AFTERNOON ON THE TORNADO THAT
STRUCK PENSACOLA FLORIDA ON OCTOBER 18. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN
EF1 ON THE NEW ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE (86-109 MPH). THE MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS ABOUT 150 YARDS AND THE TRACK LENGTH WAS
ABOUT 7 MILES. THE TORNADO BEGAN AROUND 1010 AM CDT AND LASTED FOR
ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES.

THE STORM PROBABLY STARTED AS A WATERSPOUT OVER THE BAY. DAMAGE
FIRST BEGAN ALONG THE WATER JUST NORTHEAST OF PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR
STATION (JUST SOUTH OF SILVERSHORE DRIVE). MINOR DAMAGE OCCURRED IN
THIS AREA. THE STORM TRACKED NORTHEAST OVER THE WATER JUST PARALLEL
TO THE SHORE AND MOVED ASHORE NEAR THE OLD BAYOU CHICO DRAWBRIDGE.
SEVERAL HOMES IN THIS AREA SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE. SEVERAL BOATS WERE
FLIPPED OVER IN THIS AREA AS THERE ARE SEVERAL BOAT STORAGE
FACILITIES LOCATED NEAR THE WATER.

THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED GARDEN STREET NEAR "E"
STREET. MINOR TREE AND POWER LINE DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG THIS TRACK.
THE TORNADO STARTED CAUSING A LITTLE MORE DAMAGE NEAR GREGORY AND
"D" STREETS AS THIS IS A MORE POPULATED AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
TRACKING NORTHEAST AND CROSSED CERVANTES NEAR "A" STREET AND
CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 29 NEAR MALLORY STREET.
MOST OF THE HOME AND CHURCH DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG THE TRACK FROM "B"
TO BARCELONA STREETS. A COUPLE OF HOMES NEAR JACKSON STREET WERE
HEAVILY DAMAGED AND A CHURCH ON "A" STREET HAD PART OF ITS ROOF
TAKEN OFF. FOUR MINOR INJURIES ALSO HAPPENED IN THIS AREA. A
DAYCARE CENTER IN THIS AREA HAD BEEN ALERTED TO A TORNADO AND HAD
TAKEN COVER SEVERAL MINUTES BEFORE THE TORNADO HIT.

AFTER CROSSING HIGHWAY 29 THE STORM CROSSED I-110 JUST NORTH OF THE
POOL AND STARTED TRACKING A LITTLE MORE TO THE NORTH NORTHEAST AND
CROSSED DAVIS NEAR THE BALL FIELDS. MOSTLY TREE AND POWER LINE
DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG THIS TRACK. THE BALL FIELDS HAD BLEACHERS
TURNED OVER AND POWER LINES DOWN.

THE STORM CONTINUED TO THE NORTH NORTHEAST AND CROSSED NINTH AVENUE
NEAR TEXAR DRIVE AND CROSSED BAYOU BOULEVARD NEAR THE TARGET STORE
AND EVENTUALLY DISSIPATED NEAR CORDOVA MALL. MOST OF THE DAMAGE
FROM THE BALL FIELDS TO TARGET WAS TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR ROOF
DAMAGE. THIRTY CARS IN THE TARGET PARKING LOT WERE TOTALLY
DESTROYED. VERY LITTLE DAMAGE OCCURRED TO THE STORE. ACROSS THE
STREET...OFFICE DEPOT SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE. PART OF THE MALL HAD
SKYLIGHTS DAMAGED AND THIS ALLOWED WATER TO FALL INTO PART OF THE
MALL. NO DAMAGE WAS FOUND NORTH OF THE MALL.

THE STORM DESTROYED FOUR STRUCTURES...CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE TO
TWENTY-FOUR STRUCTURES AND CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE TO FIFTY EIGHT
STRUCTURES.

WITH OUR SECONDARY SEVERE WEATHER SEASON NOW WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT
TIME TO PURCHASE A NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO. A WEATHER RADIO WILL
ALERT YOU WHEN A SEVERE WEATHER WARNING IS ISSUED. WEATHER RADIOS
CAN BE PURCHASED AT ELECTRONICS AND DEPARTMENT STORES. MANY DRUG
STORES ALSO CARRY THE RADIOS. SEVERAL LOCATIONS FROM PASCAGOULA TO
PENSACOLA NOW HAVE SPECIAL PRICES ON WEATHER RADIOS. WHEN
PURCHASING A WEATHER RADIO GET ONE THAT HAS "SAME" CAPABILITY. THIS
WILL ALLOW YOU TO PROGRAM ONLY THE COUNTIES THAT YOU WANT THE ALARM
TO SOUND FOR.

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