Tropical Storm Claudette - June 2021

2022-06-15 19:44:13 By : Ms. Vicky Wu

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Summary of all Local Storm Reports (LSRs) across the area during Tropical Storm Claudette and LSRs across the region during Claudette.

Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall well west of our area, but impacts were felt across the entire region. Below are some of the local impacts...

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A detailed listing of rainfall totals can be found at the following link: Tropical Storm Claudette Storm Total Observations

Tropical Storm Claudette produced frequent tropical storm-force wind gusts across coastal Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. A few areas of the coast, such as Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan, and the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier recorded a brief period of sustained minimal tropical storm-force winds.

The highest wind gusts were associated with strong to severe thunderstorms that develop well east of the center of Claudette. These storms most significantly impacted the western Florida Panhandle. The highest wind gust observed was 81 mph at Pensacola International Airport. A Weatherflow site in Santa Rosa Sound recorded a 70 mph wind gust, which was from the same line of storms that resulted in the Pensacola gust. This line of storms produced wind damage in parts of the Pensacola Metro, especially in Ferry Pass. Pace also experienced pockets of wind damage, including one mobile home that lost its roof. 

The following is a comprehensive listing of land and marine winds/peak gusts (mph) and times of occurrence. The first table lists the Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS), while the second table lists observations from other data collection platforms, including marine, WeatherFlow, and DoD ASOS.

KMOB- Mobile Regional AP; KPNS- Pensacola International AP; KBFM- Brookley Field, Downtown Mobile AP; KDTS- Destin/Ft. Walton Beach AP;  KNSE- Whiting Field, Milton, FL; KNPA- Navy Pensacola; KGZH- Middleton Field AP, Evergreen, AL; KCEW- Sikes AP, Crestview, FL

Storm surge inundation ranged from 1-3 feet across southern Mobile County into Mobile Bay. This flooding resulted in the closure of a few roads, such as Shell Belt Rd in the Bayou La Batre and Coden communities and the US Highway 90 Causeway over Mobile Bay. In addition to the storm surge, surf heights of 6-12 feet battered the Gulf facing beaches. This impacted the west end of Dauphin Island with a portion of Bienville Blvd closed due to flooding and sand over the road. The Florida side of the Gulf Islands National Seashore was closed for several days due to flooding and sand on roads. 

          

        

Claudette spawned several tornadoes and waterspouts across the area, including a significant tornado in Escambia County, AL. Survey teams found damage consistent with a 22+ mile long EF-2 tornado that greatly impacted the East Brewton community and points northward into Conecuh County, AL. Emergency management reported up to 20 injuries, most of which were minor with two serious injuries. The tornado first touched down in the Riverview community and intensified/widened as it moved northeast into East Brewton. Some of the most severe damage was located at Forrest Ave and Andrew Jackson St where several mobile homes were completely destroyed. This tornado also produced significant roof damage to the auditorium at W S Neal High School. Major tree damage and major structural damage continued along the path to the northeast. A single-wide mobile home was completely destroyed with the owner thrown from the building and found near the frame over 100 yards away. The tornado continued into Conecuh County with spotty EF-0 to EF-1 damage all the way north to the I-65 near the rest area. The tornado is estimated to have lifted just north of the rest area.

A brief EF-0 tornado was confirmed in southeast Covington County, AL to the northwest of the Florala community. This tornado was on the ground for 0.6 miles and downed numerous large trees limbs with a few small trees snapped.

The survey team also investigated the reported wind damage in the Ferry Pass and Pace communities. The team noted pockets of enhanced wind damage in these areas, but could not identify any convergent damage paths that would indicate a tornado. Estimated straight-line wind speeds were in the 60-80 mph range. Pensacola International Airport gusted to 81 mph and the Santa Rosa Sound recorded a 71 mph wind gust.

Another EF-0 tornado was confirmed near the Cedar Point Pier in southern Mobile County, AL. The pier suffered damage to railings and light poles and a large metal storage unit was lifted and heavily damaged during this very brief tornado. A 2x4 was launched through the window of a pickup truck and the occupant of the truck suffered minor injuries. The endpoint is an estimation as the tornado could have continued to the north, but the area is a marsh and the survey team was not able to find a definitive endpoint.

Thanks to our emergency management partners for helping us survey these tornadoes and straight-line wind swaths after Tropical Storm Claudette.

A compilation of the tornado surveys and further information can be found on this supplementary webpage.

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