The tornado that hit Mary Esther, Florida on November 30, 2016 lasted 2 minutes. Nobody was injured or killed. From the Mobile Office of the National Weather Service…
Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph
Path Length: 0.75 miles
Maximum Width: 175 yards
Start Time: 10:38 am CST
Start Location: Just south of Hurlburt Field along US-98
End Location: Just west of Ready Avenue NW
The tornado started as a waterspout over Santa Rosa Sound, briefly lifted and then touched down as a tornado just south of Hurlburt Field along U.S. Highway 98. The tornado tracked northeast and produced sporadic damage along its path before lifting near Ready Avenue NW. The damage was concentrated along Kohler Drive and Mary Esther Road. The most significant damage occurred at two residences. One residence lost part of its overhanging roof and the other home experienced significant damage to a southward facing sunroom. Power lines were downed in the area along with sporadic tree damage.
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