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Bay County, FL

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
2/20/1952 910 am F2 1.5 75 0 4 $20,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE at Millville, near Panama City. One home was destroyed and 11 more were damaged.

4/4/1952 920 am F2 0.5 30 0 1 $10,000 G, SD, SPC

A waterspout moved NNE, coming inland 12m W of Panama City. A drugstore wqas unroofed, and a dozen cottages were unroofed or torn apart. Minimal F2.

4/6/1953 1100 am F2 0.1 10 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
4/12/1953 700 am F2 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
11/22/1953 820 am F2 2 100 0 22 $20,000 G, SD, SPC

Five small homes were destroyed and many others were damaged 20m NW of Panama City.

12/21/1953 330 am F2 0.1 10 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
4/16/1954 900 am F2 2 33 0 3 $10,000 G, SD, SPC

Skipped due S through Millville. This small tornado destroyed a concrete block cafe and a house trailer. It unroofed two homes and damaged 15 others. It was first seen aloft, 7m N of Millville.

4/9/1958 500 pm F2 0.1 10 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
2/18/1960 342 am F2 8 100 0 1 $150,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved E from Bahama Beach to 3m NW of Panama City. Three homes were destroyed, and 35 others were damaged. Of those 35 homes, 22 were fully or partly unroofed. Only one of the destroyed homes was occupied during the winter.

4/3/1960 430 am F2 0.1 10 0 0 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

A small home and a garage were destroyed at the east end of Panama City Beach. The one-room city hall was destroyed and a motel was unroofed.

9/15/1960 400 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
9/15/1960 440 am F2 0.5 200 0 0 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NW at Springfield, unroofing or damaging 25 homes. This was spawned by Hurricane Ethel.

3/31/1962 200 pm F1 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
12/10/1967 820 am F3 7 250 1 50 $6,000,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved N from the "Capehart" housing area at Tyndall Air Force Base. One person was killed at Tyndall. The funnel crossed the bay, damaging homes at Parker, Callaway, and Springfield. Ten of the injuries were serious. About 39 homes were totally or partially destroyed at Tyndall, and 20 others were damaged. Up to 150 people may have had minor injuries.

3/28/1972 805 am F0 0.5 20 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
6/29/1972 1009 am F0 0.3 20 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
4/26/1973 1104 am F1 0.5 33 0 6 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
5/11/1974 115 pm F1 0.1 20 0 1 $2,500 SD, SPC
1/12/1975 1020 am F2 26 50 1 3 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

A family of tornadoes skipped NE from the Gulf of Mexico, SW of Panama City, 170 or more miles to Turner County, Georgia. The first damage was on the west edge of Panama City. A baby was killed in Bay County, 12m N of Panama City.

9/22/1975 1008 pm F1 0.1 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
9/23/1975 510 am F0 0.1 30 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
10/16/1975 1040 pm F1 0.1 40 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
11/12/1975 830 am F0 0.1 20 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
1/26/1976 930 am F0 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
11/27/1978 730 am F0 0.1 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
12/9/1978 1100 am F1 0.2 20 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/17/1980 1051 am F1 7.7 20 0 6 $25,000 SD, SPC
6/25/1980 230 am F1 0.5 50 0 1 $250,000 SD, SPC
8/21/1980 900 pm F0 0.1 20 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
2/1/1981 1100 pm F1 0.3 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
5/26/1981 915 am F0 1 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
7/28/1982 200 am F0 0.2 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
7/29/1982 300 am F1 0.2 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/3/1982 300 pm F1 0.4 20 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
1/29/1983 1015 pm F1 0.7 30 0 0 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
8/3/1983 400 pm F1 0.3 40 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
12/14/1983 140 am F1 1.5 50 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
3/25/1984 130 am F0 1 50 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
1/17/1985 515 am F0 1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
3/17/1985 930 pm F1 0.5 10 0 1 $250,000 SD, SPC
9/10/1988 700 am F0 1 30 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
10/3/1988 430 am F0 1 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/5/1988 1205 am F1 1 30 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
6/8/1989 646 am F0 0.2 10 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
1/30/1991 1230 pm F0 0.4 30 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
6/3/1992 345 pm F0 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
6/25/1994 634 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $500,000 SD, SPC

A waterspout moved onshore at Panama City Beach and heavily damaged the roof of two motels causing $100,000 damage. Roofing material fell onto parked cars and did mostly superficial damage. The wall of an oil lubrication building collapsed destroying one car and damaging ten others. Numerous power lines were blown down.

8/9/1995 325 pm F0 0.1 20 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
3/7/1996 728 am F0 0.1 50 0 0 $50,000 SD, SPC

A waterspout moved ashore at Laguna Beach causing damage to three residences. Most of the damage was minor structural but one roof was removed. A dog house and dog were blown two blocks down the street.

10/24/1997 600 am F1 1 150 0 1 $350,000 SD, SPC

Waterspout moved ashore. Extensive roof damage to beach front hotel, sewage treatment plant, middle school and convenient store. One minor injury sustained from flying debris.

10/24/1997 1145 am F1 0.5 75 0 2 $35,000 SD, SPC

F1 tornado touched down on Florida Highway 22. A bread truck was lifted 15-20 feet into the air and thrown 100 feet into wooded area (driver seriously injured). A semitractor fuel tanker was overturned (driver sutained minor injuries).

10/26/1997 855 am F0 0.5 50 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

A small F0 tornado was observed from Heritage Woods Road to the St. Andrew Marina. No damage reported.

10/26/1997 1030 am F0 1 75 0 0 $20,000 SD, SPC

Numerous public sightings of a small tornado moving through East Heritage subdivision near Hiland Park. Minor roof damage reported.

9/28/1998 1145 am F1 2 60 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC

An F1 tornado struck the Bid-A-Wee subdivision west of Panama City. The tornado damaged 23 homes surrounding the Surfside Middle School.

9/29/1998 815 am F1 3 70 0 1 $125,000 SD, SPC

An F1 tornado touched down in West Bay. The tornado damaged the West Bay Holiness Community Church off CR 388. The church's roof was lifted off and its steeple toppled. The tornado skipped northward across FL 79 and Vinson Rd, north of the Woodville subdivision where several large trees were uprooted. A woman was injured by flying glass when the tornado demolished the roof of her home and blew in a window and glass door.

1/2/1999 210 pm F2 4 100 0 7 $4,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado initially struck at Panama City Beach damaging several homes and a few hotels within a four-block area surrounded by Sunset Ave-Thomas and Holiday Dr. The tornado again touched down two miles to the north at the Hathaway Bridge (U.S. Highway 98) where a six-car pileup injured seven. Finally, the tornado lifted over St. Andrews Bay and descended about a mile further north into a residential area surrounded by Big Daddy-Marina Dr. and Bay Circle where numerous homes and businesses were damaged. Scattered power outages affected several thousand customers in West Panama City and Panama City Beach.

2/16/2003 400 am F1 0.2 200 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC

A tornado briefly touched down about a half mile from the base runways. It propelled a minivan into an administrative building and also tore off portions of the roof. Nearly three dozen private and military vehicles were severely damaged. The tornado also destroyed a trailer and fence. Reported by the Tyndall Air Force Base Weather Command Post.

6/2/2004 1230 pm F0 0.2 50 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

The waterspout came ashore as a weak F0 tornado between Front Beach and Cobb Roads on the west end of Panama City Beach. Before it dissipated, it ripped a 9-ton steel-and-wood cement mold from the 16th floor of a condominium under construction. Reported by the Bay County EMA.

9/15/2004 239 pm F1 5 200 1 7 $5,000,000 SD, SPC

A strong F1 tornado touched down near the St Andrews recreation area. It damaged dozens of restaurants, stores and shops as it moved north along Thomas Drive. Seven persons were injured at a seafood restaurant near Grand Lagoon. An elderly man was killed when the tornado destroyed a real estate office. The tornado moved across St Andrews Bay near the Hathaway Bridge and then 100 yards south of the WJHG-TV station before dissipating. Reported by the Bay County EMA and WJHG-TV meteorologist. M84BU

9/15/2004 242 pm F1 5 200 1 1 $500,000 SD, SPC

A wood-frame house was lifted 60 feet off its foundation and thrown into a field. Of the seven family members inside, one was killed and another injured. Several other homes were damaged. Reported by a HAM radio operator. F77PH

9/15/2004 300 pm F1 6 200 0 0 $2,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just southeast of Calloway and lifted just north of Panama City. It destroyed several homes in Calloway, Parker and Cedar Grove, and downed numerous trees and power lines. Reported by a HAM radio operator and the Bay County EMA.

9/15/2004 519 pm F0 7 75 0 0 $15,000 SD, SPC

A tornado toppled numerous trees and power lines along its path. Reported by a HAM radio operator.

11/24/2004 1150 am F0 0.1 50 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

A waterspout came ashore and caused minor structural damage at a construction site on U.S. Highway 98. Reported by the Bay County EMA.

10/22/2006 426 am F0 0.3 50 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

A weak tornado briefly touched down off County Road 2301 in Bayou George. The majority of the damage was confined to uprooted trees. There was structural damage to a few sheds, signs and a fence on Wood Place, Kent and Kisser Roads. A bathtub was picked up and hurled 200 feet. Many homes lost power as trees fell onto utility poles. The damage survey was conducted by the NWS.

10/27/2006 131 pm F0 0.8 30 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

A waterspout came ashore near Phillips Inlet and U.S. Highway 98. The brief tornado flipped a large truck on its side in the Winn Dixie parking lot before lifting over Powell Lake. Reported by a SKYWARN storm spotter.

10/8/2008 723 am EF0 3.5 125 0 0 $500,000 SD, SPC

A waterspout formed over the Grand Lagoon and came ashore as a tornado in the Bay Point/Preserve subdivision. Windows and roofs of several homes were damaged, a chimney was blown off a roof, and several trees and power lines were toppled. The tornado reentered the bay and came ashore near the Port of Panama City. Before it dissipated, tt tore off the roof of a building at 23rd Street and Grant Avenue, and damaged a mobile home in the 2500 block of Grant Avenue.

9/4/2011 932 am EF0 1.05 25 0 0 $0 SD, SPC

The public reported a tornado near Highway 20 around Crystal Lake. The tornado dissipated as it crossed the highway. No known damage occurred. This tornado was associated with the outer feeder bands from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

3/30/2012 252 pm EF0 0.17 20 0 0 $0 SD, SPC

The public submitted pictures of a waterspout that moved inland from West Bay in the vicinity of Burnt Mill Creek very briefly as a tornado before quickly lifting. The tornado moved inland over a rural area and no damage was reported.

11/17/14 251 am EF0 0.01 50 0 0 $0 SD

A tornadic debris signature was seen on dual-pol radar about 0.7 miles south of Laird. This is a rural and heavily forested area with no structural damage reported and poor road access.

*Sources

G - Grazulis, T. P., 1993: Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991.  A Chronology and Analysis of Events. Environmental Films, Tornado Project, St. Johsnbury, VT.
SD - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1950-2016: Storm Data. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
SPC - Storm Prediction Center Database