Four tornadoes hit southern US, including a destructive tornado at Fort Walton beach


Four tornadoes were confirmed near the Gulf Coast on April 22, 2018, producing damage from southeast Louisiana to southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

A pair of EF0 tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Baldwin County, Alabama, injuring five, Sheriff Hoss Mack told WALA-TV.

The first of these tornadoes overturned five RVs at the Anchors Aweigh RV Park in the town of Foley, about 48 km (30 miles) southeast of Mobile, according to The Weather Channel.

Shortly after, another EF0 tornado touched down near the town of Elberta, uprooting trees but only leading to minor damage to a few homes.

A waterspout roared ashore late afternoon on April 22, on Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach, Florida, about 225 km (140 miles) west of Tallahassee, heavily damaging at least one home, downing trees, and power lines, and damaging vehicles, The Weather Channel told.

There were no reports of injuries in Okaloosa County from the tornado.

An apparent tornado also downed trees on homes at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, prompting the Army to temporarily close the southeast Alabama base to all but those who live and work on base about 128 km (80 miles) north of Panama City, Florida. No injuries were reported.

In Crenshaw County, Alabama, south of Montgomery, multiple trees were downed on homes and blocked rural roads from another apparent tornado on the afternoon of April 22, with no injuries reported, county emergency management told WSFA-TV.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, is planning to survey damage parts of southern Barbour and southern Montgomery counties.

On the morning of April 22, the roofs of several homes and building were damaged and cars tossed by an EF1 twister in Galliano, Louisiana, roughly 115 km (72 miles) from New Orleans, according to the National Weather Service. No injuries were reported.

The video below is showing this tornado tossing around cars in the parking lot of a Sonic drive-in restaurant in Galliano. 

This is how the area looks like after the tornado passed over it:

YouTube video

Power lines were also knocked down by the storm. More than 800 were without power in Lafourche Parish as of Sunday night, according to electric utility Entergy, The Weather Channel reported.

"The risk for a few severe storms will target the Southeast on Monday," said Weather.com meteorologist Brian Donegan. "Damaging wind gusts and large hail are the main threats, although an isolated brief tornado is also possible."

Featured image: Inside Galliano tornado, Louisiana – April 22, 2018. Credit: Sonic drive-in restaurant

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