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October 25, 2019 West Mobile, AL Tornadoes

National Weather Service Mobile/Pensacola
Tuesday October 29, 2019


A weather system impacting the local area Friday October 25th, produced severe storms that spawned a tornado over West Mobile Alabama during the close of the afternoon. The storm that spawned the tornado was cyclic, meaning the tornado was down and up for a brief time over West Mobile at different phases of intensity, lifting back up in the clouds, then dropped down again as it tracked north over Semmes. National Weather Service Survey Teams found structural and tree damage consistent with an EF-1 tornado rating at its most intense. The findings from survey are provided below in the Public Information Statement. Below the statement are the tracks.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
103 PM CDT Tue Oct 29 2019

...Updated NWS Damage Survey Information For The October 25th Mobile County

.OVERVIEW...An NWS storm survey spent additional time in west Mobile and
identified an additional brief tornado near the intersection of Snow Road and
Airport Boulevard. This results in three separate tornado tracks in Mobile County.
All three tornadoes were produced from the same supercell thunderstorm.

.West Mobile Tornado #1...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95-100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.3 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   75 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Oct 25 2019
Start Time:             412 PM CDT
Start Location:         5 SW Mobile Regional Airport
Start Lat/Lon:          30.6144/-88.2686

End Date:               Oct 25 2019
End Time:               414 PM CDT
End Location:           4 SW Mobile Regional Airport
End Lat/Lon:            30.6337/-88.2715

Survey summary: The tornado first touched down just east of Arlington
Oaks Drive. The tornado intensified as it moved north northwest and
reached its peak intensity between Scott Dairy Loop Road and Johnson
Road. Significant tree and roof damage was noted in the Spring Brook
Farms subdivision, consistent with EF-1 damage. The tornado weakened
as it moved north of Johnson Road and lifted near Hamilton Creek.

.West Mobile Tornado #2...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    65 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.09 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Oct 25 2019
Start Time:             419 PM CDT
Start Location:         Near Intersection of Snow Rd/Airport Blvd
Start Lat/Lon:          30.6698/-88.2714

End Date:               Oct 25 2019
End Time:               420 PM CDT
End Location:           Near Intersection of Snow Rd/Airport Blvd
End Lat/Lon:            30.6711/-88.2716

Survey summary: Security camera footage from an NWS employee shows a brief
tornado touchdown on Gwinnett Court West just south of Airport Boulevard.
The tornado moved north and damaged the metal roof of a storage facility on
Airport Boulevard just east of Snow Road. The storm survey team could not find
any additional damage to the north of Airport Boulevard.

.Semmes AL Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100-105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.34 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             Oct 25 2019
Start Time:             437 PM
Start Location:         1.7 NW Semmes
Start Lat/Lon:          30.7973/-88.2730

End Date:               Oct 25 2019
End Time:               442 PM
End Location:           4.7 NW Semmes
End Lat/Lon:            30.8452/-88.2739

Survey summary: The tornado first touched down near Stone Road and continued
north northwest, intensifying as it reached Jamaica Road and Box Road. This
is where the tornado was the strongest, producing extensive tree damage,
consistent with high end EF-1 intensity. The tornado continued north past
Coleman Dairy Road, producing damage at a mobile home park. The tornado
then crossed Lott Road and lifted shortly thereafter.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.