As it turns out, about 2 hours earlier, it raced through Mobile, AL and some popular Mid-South beach retreat spots - Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island, and Orange Beach. The storm system dropped an EF-2 tornado with 120 mph wind south of Mobile in the town of Theodore, AL. The twister, which touched down around 8:40am, severely damaged several buildings in a commercial district, injuring 4 but thankfully taking no lives. Radar is shown below at the time the tornado warning [red polygon] was issued at 8:27am. You'll see the proximity of the storm to downtown Mobile and the AL beaches many Mid-Southerners are familiar with (click the image for a larger version).
|Radar and Tornado Warning about 10 minutes before damage was reported in Theodore, AL|
|Tornado damage in Theodore, AL - courtesy Jim Loznicka (@jimwxgator)|
MemphisWeather.net reminds you that anytime a Tornado Warning is issued, take cover immediately in the interior of the lowest floor available or under ground if possible. For more safety tips, see the MWN Storm Center.