Tornadoes Confirmed in Mobile and Elsanor, AL

...NWS STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM FINDS EF-1 TORNADO DAMAGE IN
ELSANOR ALABAMA...

THE FOLLOWING IS A STORM SURVEY REPORT CONDUCTED IN ELSANOR ALABAMA
REGARDING THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED ON THE EVENING OF SUNDAY OCTOBER
24 2010.

* EVENT DATE: SUNDAY OCTOBER 24, 2010

* EVENT TIME: 9:10-9:14 PM

* EVENT LOCATION: ELSANOR, AL (EAST BALDWIN COUNTY) ALONG GREEK
CEMETERY ROAD AND THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 90

* TORNADO RATING: EF-1

* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 100 MPH

* PATH LENGTH: 1.7 MILES

* PATH WIDTH: 50-100 YARDS

* INJURIES: 1 MINOR INJURY WITH A WOMAN CUTTING HER FOOT ON BROKEN
GLASS

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ON TRESTER ROAD,
JUST WEST OF GREEK CEMETERY ROAD AND SOUTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 90
(LATITUDE 30.526016 AND LONGITUDE -87.568750). AT THIS POINT, ONLY A
FEW TREES WERE DOWNED IN A CONVERGENT PATH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST AND STRENGTHENED TO EF-1 INTENSITY AS IT REACHED GILMAN
LANE. AT THIS LOCATION, A MOBILE HOME WAS BLOWN OFF OF ITS
FOUNDATION AND DESTROYED. WINDS ARE ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN NEAR 100
MPH. AFTER INSPECTION IT APPEARS THE MOBILE HOME WAS NOT ANCHORED
AND JUST RESTING ON ITS CINDER BLOCK FOUNDATION. A COUPLE OF METAL
SHEDS WERE ALSO DESTROYED. AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST, IT
DAMAGED TWO OTHER MOBILE HOMES, SHIFTING ONE OF THEM OFF OF ITS
FOUNDATION. NUMEROUS PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AT A
RESIDENCE ON WHISPERING PINE ROAD OFF OF GREEK CEMETERY ROAD. DUE TO
THE EXTENT OF THE TREE DAMAGE, THE TORNADO IS DETERMINED TO HAVE
REACHED EF-1 INTENSITY AT THIS LOCATION WITH ESTIMATED WINDS OF 86
TO 100 MPH. A BRICK HOME AT THIS LOCATION ONLY SUFFERED MINOR
SHINGLE DAMAGE AND A COUPLE OF BLOWN OUT WINDOWS. A FENCE, BACK
PORCH, AND SHED WERE BADLY DAMAGED. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED
NORTHEAST AND WEAKENED, CROSSING HWY 90, AND DESTROYING A METAL
SHED. THE TORNADO LIFTED ON KOIER RD, JUST OVER A HALF MILE NORTH OF
HIGHWAY 90 (LATITUDE 30.549703 AND LONGITUDE -87.560283).

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE WOULD LIKE TO SEND A SPECIAL
THANK YOU TO THE BALDWIN COUNTY EMA ALONG WITH THE RESIDENTS THAT
WERE EFFECTED BY THE STORM. THEIR ASSISTANCE ALLOWED FOR A MORE
THOROUGH SURVEY.
 
...NWS STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM FINDS EF-1 TORNADO DAMAGE IN
MOBILE ALABAMA...

A STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE IN MOBILE CONDUCTED AN ON-SITE SURVEY OF STORM
DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED IN WEST MOBILE SHORTLY BEFORE 530 AM CDT THIS
MORNING. METEOROLOGISTS WITH THE ASSESSMENT TEAM FOUND A RELATIVELY
SHORT TORNADO DAMAGE PATH (OF APPROXIMATELY 1 STATUTE MILE) THAT
STARTED AT THE INTERSECTION OF BOMAR PLACE AND MICHAEL AVENUE IN
WEST MOBILE...MOVING EAST ACROSS AZALEA ROAD...AND ENDING AT THE
FESTIVAL CENTER AT MONTLIMAR DRIVE JUST SOUTH OF AIRPORT BOULEVARD.
THE TORNADO CIRCULATION WAS APPROXIMATELY 150 YARDS AT THE WIDEST
POINT...WITH MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS (GLEANED FROM THE DAMAGE
OBSERVATIONS) NEAR 108 MPH OR EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA TORNADO
SCALE.

AT THE STARTING POINT (30.6706 DEG LATITUDE AND 88.1535 DEG
LONGITUDE)...AT THE CORNER OF BOMAR PLACE AND MICHAEL AVENUE...THE
TEAM FOUND ONE HOME WITH ROOF DAMAGE...AND 4 OTHER HOMES WITH MINOR
GUTTER AND FASCIA DAMAGE. SEVERAL TREES SUFFERED DAMAGE BY BEING
SNAPPED OFF AT THE TOP OR LOSING SEVERAL LARGE LIMBS. WIND
ESTIMATES AT THIS LOCATION WERE APPROXIMATELY 65 MPH BASED ON THE
DAMAGE SEEN. THE WIDTH OF THE PATH AT THIS LOCATION WAS
APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS.

THE SECOND DAMAGE POINT THE TEAM FOUND WAS AT THE CORNER OF MICHEAL
BOULEVARD AND AZALEA ROAD (30.6705 DEG LATITUDE AND 88.1494 DEG
LONGITUDE). AT THIS LOCATION THE PATH WIDENED TO APPROXIMATELY 150
YARDS AND THE CIRCULATION INTENSIFIED. METEOROLOGISTS HERE FOUND
EVIDENCE OF WINDS NEAR 92 MPH WITH SECTIONS OF ROOFING MISSING FROM
2 RESTAURANTS (ONE A MCDONALDS) AND 1 CAR-WASH. SEVERAL WINDOWS
WERE BLOWN OUT OF THE MCDONALDS RESTAURANT. A CHEVRON GAS STATION
NEXT DOOR HAD SEVERAL PUMPS BLOWN OVER WITH METAL PANELS BLOWN AWAY
FROM THE METAL CANOPY. DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS ESTIMATED TO BE
IN THE EF-1 RANGE OF THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

THE INTENSITY OF THE DAMAGE WEAKENED AT THE CABANA APARTMENTS
BETWEEN AZALEA AND DOWNTOWNER BOULEVARD (THIRD DAMAGE LOCATION AT
30.6714 DEG LATITUDE AND 88.1428 DEG LONGITUDE). HERE THE TEAM
FOUND MINOR DAMAGE TO SOME PINE TREES WITH SECTIONS OF LARGE LIMBS
STRIPPED OUT. WIND ESTIMATES AT THE THIRD POINT WERE NEAR 65 MPH
WITH A PATH WIDTH OF 100 YARDS.

THE TORNADO RE-INTENSIFIED AT THE FESTIVAL CENTER SHOPPING MALL
BETWEEN DOWNTOWNER BOULEVARD AND MONTLIMAR DRIVE (30.6724 DEG
LATITUDE AND 88.1387 DEG LONGITUDE). HERE THE TEAM FOUND DAMAGE TO
2 BUILDINGS IN THE FESTIVAL CENTER WHERE A FEW SECTIONS OF ROOFING
WERE BLOWN OFF. ON THE ROOF OF VIRGINIA COLLEGE...6 LARGE AIR
CONDITIONING UNITS (HVAC) WERE DAMAGED AND BLOWN OFF OF THEIR
MOUNTS. ONE OF THE AIR CONDITIONING UNITS WAS BLOWN OFF OF THE ROOF
AND LANDED IN THE PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF VIRGINIA COLLEGE. WIND
ESTIMATES BASED ON THE DAMAGE OBSERVED INDICATED WINDS NEAR 108 MPH
AT THIS LOCATION...OR EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

INTERVIEWS OF INDIVIDUALS AT THE DAMAGE SITES AND A POST-ANALYSIS OF
DOPPLER RADAR DATA FROM MOBILE SUGGESTS THE STORM PASSED THROUGH THE
AREA BETWEEN 517 AM CDT AND 521 AM CDT. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED TO
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FROM THIS SHORT LIVED TORNADO. TOTAL
DOLLAR DAMAGE ESTIMATES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.


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