Coastal Tornado Had Winds 113-157 MPH

A tornado that injured five people, destroyed six homes and damaged 30 more in Alabama before moving into the Florida Panhandle Saturday had winds between 113 and 157 miles per hour.

That's the estimate from meteorologists who surveyed the damage over the weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Beeler said the twister covered about four miles and touched down two or three times as it went along about noon Saturday.

He says the worst damage was in Summerdale, Alabama, but there was also damage in Seminole, Alabama and into the Florida Panhandle in the Beulah community.

The condition of the injured in Summerdale was not immediately available. No injuries were reported in Seminole and Beulah.

The tornado struck Summerdale shortly after 11:30 a.m. It scattered debris, snapped utility poles, flipped a pickup truck and knocked a few homes from their foundations.


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