Remnants of Tropical Storm Allison
2001

 

 
The 2001 Hurricane Season had barely been proclaimed on June 1, when Tropical Storm Allison formed in the western Gulf. While Allison was never strong enough reach hurricane force and weakened to below tropical storm strength early in its life, the low pressure center that remained after Allison menaced residents from Houston to New Orleans with catastrophic flooding. The storm remained parked over eastern Texas for several days, then moved eastward along the Gulf Coast, bringing welcome relief to residents of eastern Texas and southern Louisiana. However, this movement brought flooding and severe weather to Mobile and Pensacola and inland counties on June 11.

The rainbands brought an average of around 5-7 inches to some areas. Although the coastal counties of Alabama and northwest Florida Panhandle had been suffering from a moderate drought in previous few weeks, the heavy rains caused some localized flooding.

Allison brought damaging winds to much of the area, including at least 2 weak tornadoes. Most damage occurred in George County in MS and across Mobile and Covington Counties in AL.
satellite image of remnants of allison over Mobile
Satellite imagery from Monday, June 11, 2001, around 1215pm CDT. The low pressure system that was Tropical Storm Allison is shown over southeastern MS.

 

 

George County, MS

There were trees reported down in several locations throughout the county. The worst damage occurred in the southeast part of the county where an F1 tornado first touched down near Red Edwards Ln and Howell Rd and moved north. When the tornado touched down, tree damage was noted with roof damage to a few of homes. As the tornado moved north, it crossed Griffin Ln and destroyed a newer model manufactured home. The mobile home tie downs were pulled out of ground and the home turned over and fell apart as it rolled. A female at home when the tornado struck was injured and suffered a broken collarbone. The home was destroyed. The tornado then crossed Appaloosa Rd and caused major damage to a 2-story home. The family was upstairs, saw the tornado coming and took shelter downstairs. They were not injured, but a portion of the roof and part of the room they were previously in were torn off. The tornado continued through the woods, crossing state Highway 612 just west of Walt Tanner Rd. Trees were blown down and a home suffered roof damage. The tornado lifted near Sandy Hill Dr, where 4
manufactured homes were damaged with trees down. The tornado path was 75 yards wide and 4 miles in length.

Other damage occurred west and south of Lucedale with the most significant being along Inland Beach Rd. Several homes suffered damage with a roof blown off a 2-story home. Numerous other homes suffered roof damage from high winds and trees falling. Numerous trees and power lines were down. Trees were blown down at different locations throughout the county. Some of the downed trees damaged roofs and high winds  caused roof and outbuilding damage. Damage appeared to be from downburst winds. The time frame for most of the damage was from 650-715am.

Radar image of George County, Mississippi on June 11, 2001
Reflectivity radar image showing rainbands moving across George County, MS. The center of the low is clearly visible to the west.
 

 

 
Mobile County, AL

In Semmes, high winds blew down several trees with some trees landing on roofs of homes and automobiles. These high winds also caused roof and outbuilding damage.

Most of the damage was off US Highway 98 just west of Semmes. This damage appeared to be caused by  downburst winds. An F0 tornado first touched down in southwest Mobile County near Jeff Hamilton Rd just east of Newman Rd. The weak tornado moved across open fields and forest, moving across Newman Rd near the Branson subdivision. The tornado then moved through the subdivision blowing down several trees. Some homes were damaged from the fallen trees while others suffered roof damage from the high winds. The tornado then moved north and crossed Airport Blvd just west of Newman Rd. More trees were blown down with homes suffering damage from the trees and roof damage from the high winds. The tornado was approximately 50-75 yards wide and on the ground for about 2.5 miles.

Other locations throughout the county also had trees down and roof damage to homes. Most damage occurred between 700-800am.
Radar Image of Mobile County on June 11, 2001
Radar image showing rainband moving through Mobile County, AL. The stongest damage was reported in Semmes in northwest Mobile County.
 
 
Covington County, AL

An F0 tornado first touched down on State Road 55 just south of Stanley, AL. 6 homes suffered roof damage with 2 outbuildings sustaining damage. A church also suffered minor damage. The tornado tracked northeast crossing County Road 32 and County Road 34 just east of New Shady Grove Church. Trees were blown down in both of these areas. The tornado then went back into the cloud just north of County Road 34. The F0 tornado was approximately 50 yards in width and on the ground for about 3.5 miles.

A few locations throughout the county also had minor tree damage. Most of this tree damage occurred between 5:50 and 6:30pm.
Radar image of Covington County, Alabama on June 11, 2001
Radar image of Covington County, AL showing much more diffuse storm structure.
 

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