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South Mobile County Tornado, October 22, 2007

 

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
350 PM CDT TUE OCT 23 2007

...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS OF THE SOUTH MOBILE COUNTY
TORNADO OF 22 OCTOBER 2007...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE CONDUCTED A DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
OF THE TORNADIC THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS SOUTH MOBILE COUNTY
LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON...OCTOBER 22ND.

METEOROLOGISTS FROM NWS MOBILE FOUND THAT A TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED
DOWN JUST SOUTH OF MEMORY LANE NEAR CODEN. THIS AREA WAS WHERE
MOST OF THE DAMAGE OCCURRED. A MANUFACTURED HOME WAS BROADSIDED BY
THE TORNADO AND THE HOME WAS OVERTURNED AND DEMOLISHED. ANOTHER
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS PUSHED SEVERAL FEET BY THE WINDS BUT STAYED
ANCHORED INTO THE GROUND. A SHED WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY THE
WINDS. SEVERAL OTHER HOMES WERE DAMAGED IN THE AREA. TREES AND
POWER LINES WERE ALSO BLOWN DOWN. SEVEN PEOPLE TOOK REFUGE IN A
BATHTUB, FORTUNATELY THEIR HOME ONLY SUFFERED SOME SIDING AND ROOF
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED NORTH NORTHEAST, PARALLELING
WALKER ROAD AND LIFTED JUST SOUTH OF ROY E RAY ROAD. A COUPLE OF
HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND SHEDS AND TRAVEL TRAILERS WERE DAMAGED ALONG
THIS TRACK. TREES WERE ALSO BLOWN DOWN. AT THE END OF THE TRACK OF
THE TORNADO, JUST SOUTH OF ROY E RAY ROAD, SEVERAL HOMES SUFFERED
ROOF AND EAVE DAMAGE. TREES AND POWER LINES WERE ALSO DAMAGED IN
THIS AREA. A RESIDENT SAID THE TORNADO STRUCK AROUND 436 PM CDT.

THE TORNADO WAS RATED AT AN EF1 (86 TO 109 MPH) ON THE ENHANCED
FUJITA SCALE. THE LENGTH OF THE TORNADO TRACK WAS THREE-QUARTERS OF
A MILE AND THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS 200 YARDS. THERE WERE NO
INJURIES CAUSED BY THE TORNADO. THE TORNADO DAMAGED FIFTEEN TO
TWENTY RESIDENCES WITH ONE DESTROYED AND TWO SEVERELY DAMAGED.
OTHERS SUFFERED MINIMUM TO MODERATE DAMAGE.

A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR THIS STORM AT 401 PM CDT.

WITH OUR SECONDARY SEVERE WEATHER SEASON IN PROGRESS, 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.

BEELER


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