Claudette Spawns Tornado That Hits Alabama
Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall early Saturday morning, June 19 and shortly thereafter produced a tornado in southern Alabama.
The tornado hit during the morning hours of Saturday, around 7 to 8 a.m. local time. It quickly produced damage to mobile homes, site-built homes, the fire department, and a local school.
From the air, our field correspondent Brandon Clement captured the images of how wide the damage was, which in the image above seemed to be 100 to 200 yards wide.
According to the National Weather Service office in Mobile, Alabama the tornado hit between 7:35 and 7:45 a.m. local time Saturday.
The storm reports across the north-central Gulf Coast show tornado reports in red from Alabama to Georgia and Florida. There were damaging wind reports, in blue dots, across Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Flooding reports, in green, were most numerous in Mississippi, Alabama, and New Orleans.
Pictures from the scene showed downed power lines and trees.
Damage was reported at the local fire department in Brewton, Alabama.
Isolated tornadoes happen often within tropical storms. Continue to monitor the latest tornado potential near you as Claudette exits the Southeast coast this weekend.