Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 5.15 Miles
-- Width 200 Yards
State ALABAMA
County/Area MOBILE
WFO MOB
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-12-25 16:54:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 1W MERTZ
Begin Lat/Lon 30.67/-88.09
End Date 2012-12-25 17:05:00.0 CST-6
End Location 1NE MAGAZINE
End Lat/Lon 30.74/-88.06
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 1.35M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A powerful storm system moved out of the plains on Christmas, producing numerous strong storms across southeast Mississippi, southwest Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle out ahead of a strong cold front and accompanying squall line. Multiple tornadoes, some long track, were observed along the central gulf coast region.
Event Narrative The initial tornado touchdown was located near Dauphin Island Parkway...Duval Street and Halls Mill Road...where it initially moved northwestward. The tornado continued northward to near the intersections of Holcomb Avenue...Government Street and Dauphin Island Parkway where it produced damage consistent with an EF-1 tornado...damaging several commercial retailers. The tornado continued northward...damaging homes and producing roof damage to numerous homes. It then reached Murphy High School...where it destroyed several out-buildings...blew out windows and produced significant roof damage to the high school. From here...The tornado tracked northward to Dauphin Street where it strengthened and widened to 200 yards producing damage consistent with an EF-2 tornado to several homes. Also significantly damaged was the Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street. The tornado then moved into the Silverwood Street area where it produced EF-1 damage and sporadic EF-2 damage to several homes. The tornado next tracked north northeast across the Mobile Infirmary Hospital ...where it blew out several windows and damaged several automobiles...as well as flipping one automobile. The tornado continued tracking northeastward across interstate 165 moving into the Prichard area where it produced damage to the roofs of several homes...as well as snapping several trees. The tornado continued across Telegraph Road where it tossed several large shipping containers and damaged a warehouse facility before dissipating on Jakes Lane in Prichard.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 0 1.474M 0.00K
LUVERNE CRENSHAW CO. AL 12/25/2012 16:21 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PATSBURG CRENSHAW CO. AL 12/25/2012 16:28 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEST BUTLER CHOCTAW CO. AL 12/25/2012 16:45 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERTZ MOBILE CO. AL 12/25/2012 16:54 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 1.350M 0.00K
DEER PARK WASHINGTON CO. AL 12/25/2012 17:53 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WINN CLARKE CO. AL 12/25/2012 18:00 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOWER PEACH TREE WILCOX CO. AL 12/25/2012 18:36 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GROVE HILL CLARKE CO. AL 12/25/2012 19:15 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PIERCIE MOBILE CO. AL 12/25/2012 19:22 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SEMMES MOBILE CO. AL 12/25/2012 19:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
FREEMANVILLE ESCAMBIA CO. AL 12/25/2012 20:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 70 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
GEORGIANA BUTLER CO. AL 12/25/2012 21:08 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 1 0 35.00K 0.00K
GEORGIANA BUTLER CO. AL 12/25/2012 21:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
GREENVILLE BUTLER CO. AL 12/25/2012 21:38 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
GREENVILLE BUTLER CO. AL 12/25/2012 21:38 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
Totals: 1 0 1.474M 0.00K