Southeastern United States Tornadoes, Yesterday & Today
As of the time of this writing, a total of 13 tornado reports were received by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) for yesterday, and 1 so far today with numerous wind damage reports.
According to the Enterprise Ledger, based in Enterprise, Alabama (an excellent city I have visited on occasion, and also one of the many locations in the wonderful series “Brotherhood of War” by W.E.B. Griffin that I highly recommend) up to 2,600 people were without power from the storm, 101 total structures were damaged including the local Wal-Mart and Civic Center, with an estimated damage total of $3.5-$4million dollars for their event (view the Enterprise Ledger’s article for more info).
WSFA, the NBC affilliate in Montgomery, Alabama reports that Governor Bob Riley has ordered a team from the Emergency Management Agency to Enterprise to investigate the damage, and has a series of photos and videos available of the event here.
A sad part about this story, is that last year Enterprise was hit with a strong tornado with damages estimated at over $307 million dollars (wiki ref). The EF4 tornado struck on March 1, 2007 causing 9 deaths, 121 injuries with a 1/4 mile wide path that ran through the downtown area making it the worst disaster in the history of the city (wiki ref2).
The worst damage during that event was at the local Enterprise High School where students were gathered in the hallway as protection from the storm, and the roof collapsed falling on top of them causing 8 students to perish (wiki ref3).
The News Herald out of Panama City, Florida reports of one of the tornadoes from yesterday’s events as having started as a waterspout and moving inland, destroying buildings, trees, and even slicing a chimney off a roof. Their article, located here also includes photos and video of the event.
The graphical distribution of yesterday’s storms are shown below as provided by the SPC. When viewing the distribution it is important not just to consider the emotional and physical harm caused to the residents who are suffering from the event, but from a meteorological and climatological perspective, to realize that the most emphasis of weather events will always be placed towards those that affect people. Obviously the most important issue. However we must examine their formation and distribution also from a scientific perspective to better enable us to enhance our understanding of their very nature.
In keeping the above concept in mind, you might wish to review some of my former articles covering similar and tangential topics, especially if you have an interest in spatial statistics.
I have compiled a full listing of tornado and wind damage reports available from the SPC at the time of this posting for you below, that includes geographic coordinates of each report, as well as the comments that were provided for each report.
|SPC Tornado Reports for October 8, 2008|
|1325||UNK||PANAMA CITY||BAY||FL||30.17||-85.67||DAMAGE REPORTS TO BAYPOINT SUBDIVISION NEAR SAINT ANDREW STATE PARK. WINDOWS BLOWN OUT AT ONE OR MORE HOMES. ROOF DAMAGE TO A BUSINESS BUILDING. SEVERAL TREES AND POWER (TAE)|
|1325||UNK||PANAMA CITY BEACH||BAY||FL||30.17||-85.79||BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT PANAMA CITY BEACH AND DISSIPATED AS IT MOVED INLAND. NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURIES. (TAE)|
|1525||UNK||1 N RED OAK||COVINGTON||AL||31.15||-86.46||EMA ON SITE REPORTS DEBRIS TWISTED AROUND POWER POLES…NUMEROUS TREES DOWN IN A PATH AND DEBRIS BLOCKING THE ROADWAY JUST NORTH OF RED OAK. (MOB)|
|1652||UNK||ENTERPRISE||COFFEE||AL||31.31||-85.85||POSSIBLE TORNADO. EIGHT TO 10 BLOCKS NEAR DOWNTOWN FROM 1 SW TO .25 SE. ROOF DAMAGE…WINDOWS BLOWN OUT AT CIVIC CENTER. NUMEROUS TREES UPROOTED AND CAR WINDOWS BROKEN. (TAE)|
|1657||UNK||ENTERPRISE||COFFEE||AL||31.31||-85.85||SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO CIVIC CENTER…ROOF PEELED OFF AND WINDOWS BLOWN OUT. CAR WINDOWS BLOWN OUT TOO. SEVERAL TREES DOWN AND A LOT OF DEBRIS. (TAE)|
|1715||UNK||FORT RUCKER||DALE||AL||31.34||-85.72||POSSIBLE TORNADO TOUCHDOWN AT ANDREWS AVE AND AIRPORT RD. VEHICLES DAMAGED. NUMEROUS TREES DOWN. (TAE)|
|1733||UNK||5 S OZARK||DALE||AL||31.38||-85.64||POSSIBLE TORNADO TOUCHDOWN REPORTED NEAR LOGAN ROAD. A ROOF WAS PARTIALLY TAKEN OFF A RESIDENCE. THE POSSIBLE TORNADO CONTINUED TOWARD SR-123. TIME ESTIMATED BY RADAR. (TAE)|
|1805||UNK||12 W DOWNTOWN DOTHAN||HOUSTON||AL||31.22||-85.6||BARN DESTROYED (TAE)|
|1817||UNK||1 E PINCKARD||DALE||AL||31.31||-85.53||POSSIBLE TORNADO TOUCHDOWN NEAR PINCKARD WITH NO DAMAGE REPORTED. (TAE)|
|1828||UNK||6 NW CAPPS||HENRY||AL||31.56||-85.38||POSSIBLE TORNADO…MAJOR DAMAGE TO HOME. DEBRIS SCATTERED OVER SEVERAL ACRES. (TAE)|
|2019||UNK||3 W WINFIELD||MARION||AL||33.93||-87.85||A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF WINFIELD. THIS LOCATION WAS CLOSE TO THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 27 AND COUNTY ROAD 69. THE TORNADO WAS CAPTURED ON FILM BY (BMX)|
|2035||UNK||2 N FAYETTEVILLE||FAYETTE||GA||33.47||-84.46||BRIEF TOUCHDOWN AT FAYETTE PAVILLION SHOPPING CENTER. MODERATE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUILDING WALL…HVAC UNIT BLOWN OVER…MINOR FACADE DAMAGE TO SEVERAL BUILDINGS…A (FFC)|
|2140||UNK||1 S LLOYD||JEFFERSON||FL||30.46||-84.02||POSSIBLE TORNADO. 10 TO 15 TREES BLOWN DOWN…1 POWER POLE DOWN. (TAE)|
|SPC Wind Damage Reports for October 8, 2008|
|1445||UNK||PLEASANT HOME||COVINGTON||AL||31.16||-86.62||TREE DOWN ACROSS ROAD AT HIGHWAY 29 SOUTH AND COUNTY ROAD 25. (MOB)|
|1530||UNK||RED OAK||COVINGTON||AL||31.14||-86.46||TREE REPORTED DOWN IN RED OAK. (MOB)|
|1652||UNK||1 S LLOYD||JEFFERSON||FL||30.46||-84.02||10 TO 15 TREES BLOWN DOWN…1 POWER POLE DOWN. (TAE)|
|2020||UNK||TYRONE||FAYETTE||GA||33.47||-84.6||TREE DOWN ACROSS MEADOWBROOK DRIVE…A COUPLE POWER LINES WERE ALSO BLOWN DOWN. (FFC)|
|2120||UNK||4 ENE BRINN||MARION||AL||34.19||-87.73||SEVERAL TREES REPORTED DOWN AT THE INTERSECTION OF CR 48 AND HWY 241. (BMX)|
|2140||UNK||1 S LLOYD||JEFFERSON||FL||30.46||-84.02||10 TO 15 TREES BLOWN DOWN…1 POWER POLE DOWN. (TAE)|
|2225||UNK||CLIMAX||DECATUR||GA||30.88||-84.43||ROAD SIGNS DOWN…STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY BUILDING ON HWY 262N NEAR CLIMAX (TAE)|
|2340||UNK||MOUNT CARMEL||MCCORMICK||SC||34.01||-82.51||SEVERAL TREES ON HIGHWAY 81 NEAR MT. CARMEL REPORTED BY THE SHERIFFS OFFICE. (CAE)|
|10||UNK||9 S GREENWOOD||GREENWOOD||SC||34.06||-82.15||COUNTY COMMS REPORTS TREES AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN ON ROADS…INCLUDING KATHY HILL AND WHITEHALL RD…IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY. POSSIBLE TORNADO. (GSP)|
|15||UNK||8 N METTER||CANDLER||GA||32.51||-82.06||ROOF OVER A DECK BLOWN OFF AT A HOME NEAR ROSEMARY CHURCH ROAD. (CHS)|
|126||UNK||3 ENE NEWBERRY||NEWBERRY||SC||34.3||-81.56||TREES DOWN NEAR THE I-26 INTERSTATE AROUND THE 75 MILE MARKER. REPORTED FROM THE NEWBERRY COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE. (CAE)|
|1150||UNK||3 W REIDSVILLE||TATTNALL||GA||32.09||-82.17||A 50 FOOT TALL PECAN TREE ABOUT 3 TO 4 FT IN DIAMETER WAS BLOWN DOWN. AN 8 BY 10 FOOT ALUMINUM SHED WAS BLOWN OVER. SHINGLES BLOWN OFF A PORCH ROOF WITH SMALL HAIL COVE (CHS)|
Our hearts and prayers are extended to all who suffered during these events, and we extend our most sincere wishes during your recovery.