Christmas Day tornado wrecks Alabama parish: Anglican Ink, December 28, 2012 December 29, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink.
Tags: Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, Trinity Episcopal Church Mobile
A Christmas Day tornado has destroyed Trinity Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama.
The National Weather Service reported a twister with winds as high as 135 mph, measuring as an EF-2 storm on the Enhanced Fujita scale passed through Mobile on Christmas night, leaving a trail of damage 5.7 miles long and approximately 200 yards wide.
The tornado initially made contact with the ground near Dauphin Island Parkway and registered as an EF-1 storm with winds up to 110 mph. It then moved in a northeastward direction increasing in intensity to an EF-2 and widening its base. The storm reached its peak strength as it passed over Trinity Church on Dauphin Street in the Midtown section of Mobile, but weakened when it reached the Mobile Infirmary Hospital before finally dissipating.
No fatalities were reported from the storm, but damage, though localized, was intense. The rector of Trinity Church, the Rev. Bailey Norman told Anglican Ink his church – the second oldest Episcopal Church in Mobile – had been all but destroyed.