Tornadoes and Storm Damage on April 22, 2018

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This data was compiled by the Mobile Office of the National Weather Service.

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
1042 PM CDT Sun Apr 22 2018

…NWS Damage Survey For The 04/22/2018 Baldwin County Tornado Events…

.Foley, AL Tornado…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.6 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               3

Start Time:             3:25 pm CDT
Start Location:         3 miles south of Foley, AL

End Time:               3:28 pm CDT
End Location:           1.9 miles southeast of Foley, AL

Survey summary: The tornado first touched down at the Anchors Aweigh RV Resort where it overturned 5 RVs. 3 people who were in the RVs were injured. The tornado continued northeast to just east of the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 20. Minor damage to a convenience store canopy and to the Lowe`s were observed. The tornado lifted near the intersection of Pride Drive and Juniper Street. Spotty minor tree damage was noted along the path.


Vicinity of Elberta, AL Tornado…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.04 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Time:             3:38 pm CDT
Start Location:         2.6 miles north-northeast of Elberta, AL

End Date:               April 22, 2018
End Time:               3:41 pm CDT
End Location:           3.6 miles north-northeast of Elberta, AL

Survey summary: The tornado first touched down near the intersection of County Road 87 and Chatelaine Drive. A few homes experienced shingle damage. Some trees were also uprooted. The tornado continued moving almost due north, paralleling just east of County Road 87, lifting south of the Dixie Road intersection. Minor tree damage was noted along the path along with isolated instances of very minor structural damage to a few residences.


Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
708 PM CDT Mon Apr 23 2018

…NWS Damage Survey For 04/22/2018 Florida Panhandle Tornado Events…

.Fort Walton Beach, FL Tornado…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100-105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.24 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               2

Start Time:             4:13 pm CDT
Start Location:         Okaloosa Island

End Time:               4:18 pm CDT
End Location:           Fort Walton Beach

Survey summary: The tornado moved ashore on Okaloosa Island and produced significant damage to a home on Sailfish Drive. The tornado then moved across Santa Rosa Sound and into Fort Walton Beach, producing tree damage and broken windows at St Mary Catholic Church and School. The tornado continued northeast across Robinwood Drive and damaged the roofs of several units in an apartment complex, before finally weakening and lifting just north of Jet Drive.

.Molino, FL Tornado…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.13 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0


Start Time:             1:02 pm CDT
Start Location:         4.5 miles west of Molino

End Date:               April 22, 2018
End Time:               1:03 pm CDT
End Location:           4.5 miles west of Molino

Survey summary: There was a brief EF-0 track on Crabtree Church Road. One home suffered shingle damage and a broken window and a mobile home was shifted on its foundation. There were also several uprooted small trees and numerous large branches broken.


Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
146 PM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018

…NWS Damage Survey For The Gulf Shores, AL Tornado Event…

.Gulf Shores, AL Tornado…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.16 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Time:             3:05 pm CDT
Start Location:         3.4 miles west of Gulf Shores, AL

End Time:               3:06 pm CDT
End Location:           3.4 miles west of Gulf Shores, AL

Survey summary: A strong waterspout moved onshore at the 2200 block of West Beach Boulevard. The tornado produced roof and siding damage to two homes. Several windows were also blown out.


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

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


Report TimeCountyLocationSTEvent TypeSourceRemark
1:02 PMEscambia1 W MolinoFLTSTM WND DMGfire dept/rescuefire chief reports a home with missing shingles with downed powerlines and tree debris over the road in Molino, fl.
1:10 PMEscambia4 WNW MolinoFLTSTM WND DMGnewspaperat least 5 structures with damage and several downed trees and power lines along Crabtree Church Road. reports and pictures via north Escambia online newspaper and social media.
1:44 PMEscambia4 E DixonvilleALTSTM WND DMGpublicseveral trees snapped and uprooted in the Sellersville community. pictures via social media.
1:45 PMEscambia5 SW RobertsALTSTM WND DMGpublicsiding and roof damage to a house on Fuqua Rd. with damage to a nearby barn. pictures via social media.
1:49 PMEscambia10 ESE BrewtonALTSTM WND DMGbroadcast mediametal roof blown off a home and tree branches down in the Bethel community southeast of Brewton, AL
1:49 PMEscambia10 ESE BrewtonALFUNNEL CLOUDpublicpublic report of a funnel cloud in the bethel community southeast of Brewton time estimated by radar.
1:49 PMEscambia10 ESE BrewtonALTSTM WND DMGbroadcast mediametal roof blown off a home and tree branches down in the bethel community southeast of Brewton, AL
1:54 PMCrenshaw4 SSE HonoravilleALTSTM WND DMGemergency mngrtree blown onto a house with numerous trees down in the surrounding areas.
2:01 PMEscambiaRobertsALTSTM WND DMGemergency mngrreports of damage to a mobile home and along Yellow Creek Road near the community of Roberts, Alabama.
2:14 PMCrenshaw1 SE Highland HomeALTSTM WND DMGbroadcast mediapictures of trees snapped and numerous large branches down near a home in the area of highland home and Magnolia Springs.
3:09 PMBaldwinGulf ShoresALTSTM WND DMGemergency mngrminor damage to a building and powerlines down along West Beach Blvd.
3:22 PMBaldwin3 SSE FoleyALFUNNEL CLOUDemergency mngrBaldwin county EMA report of a funnel cloud with debris moving north.
3:25 PMBaldwinFoleyALTSTM WND DMGemergency mngrseven over turned trailers at anchors rave park. minor damage to a Lowes parking lot.
3:36 PMBaldwinElbertaALTSTM WND DMGNWS employeetrees and branches down along Hwy 87 north of Hwy 98 near Elberta. time estimated from radar.
4:00 PMEscambiaGonzalezFLTSTM WND DMGbroadcast medialarge branches snapped and a fence blown over in the Brookside Hills subdivison.
4:11 PMOkaloosaFort Walton BeachFLTORNADObroadcast mediavideo of a waterspout moving onshore along Fort Walton Beach.
4:15 PMOkaloosa1 S Fort Walton BeachFLTSTM WND DMGlaw enforcementroof ripped off a home on Sailfish Drive with significant damage to the porch and yard. report via Okaloosa County sheriff dept on social media.
4:17 PMOkaloosaFort Walton BeachFLTSTM WND DMGlaw enforcementroofing damage to the Charlie Hill Terrace. Okaloosa sheriff office reports numerous downed trees and powerlines with minor damage to buildings across southern Okaloosa county.
4:20 PMOkaloosa1 SSE Fort Walton BeachFLTSTM WND DMGpublicdamage to fencing, signage, a dumpster, and cars at the crab shack on the waterfront at Fort Walton Beach. pictures via social media.
4:21 PMOkaloosaOcean CityFLTSTM WND DMGpublicimage of a large tree snapped and numerous branches down near a home ocean city.
4:28 PMOkaloosa2 NE Eglin AFBFLFUNNEL CLOUDasosKVPS ASOS reports a funnel cloud north of Eglin AFB.

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