As outer feeder bands of Hurricane Nate moved across Mobile County, more than 8 hours before landfall of Hurricane Nate, a brief tornado touched down near Mobile’s airport. Here’s the summary from the National Weather Service.
National Weather Service Damage Survey For West Mobile Tornado
Estimated Peak Wind: 75 mph
Path Length: 0.3 miles
Path Width: 25 yards
Start Date: Oct 7 2017
Start Time: 4:47 pm
Start Location: Portside Court in West Mobile
End Time: 4:48 pm
End Location: Near intersection of Airport Blvd & Border Cir W
A brief EF-0 tornado touched down on Portside Court and traveled northwest, lifting near the intersection of Airport Blvd and Border Circle West. The tornado downed several large oak tree limbs. A large billboard was downed and twisted near Airport Blvd. A small professional building experienced shingle damage, damage to the facade, and broken windows. Just north of Airport Blvd, windows were blown out of vehicles at a car dealership. The dealership also suffered some window damage.
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