SPC Stats

Path length: 7 miles

Width:  600 yards

Fatalities:  4

Injuries:  5

Rating:  F2

County:  Calhoun

Hurricane Ivan at landfall in Baldwin County, Alabama on the U.S. Gulf Coast via NWS

In this summary, we look at an F2 spawned by Hurricane Ivan.  Per the September 2004 Storm Data Publication, Ivan made landfall as a category 3 hurricane on September 16, just west of Gulf Shores, Alabama.  

There was a massive 3-day outbreak of 120 tornadoes that occurred with the passage of Ivan. At least 8 people were killed and 17 were injured.  4 deaths are attributed to this F2 in Calhoun County, FL  They all occurred in 2 neighboring mobile homes in the Macedonia Community.  One mobile home was thrown across a road, killing its two occupants.  The other was slammed into a house and the 2 occupants were killed.  5 more were injured in that incident.  

Storm Data Entry

The supercell thunderstorm which spawned tornadoes in Franklin and Liberty counties, produced a strong F2 tornado, which touched down just southeast of Van Lierop Road, a few miles east of Highway 69. It crossed Highway 69 near the Stafford Creek Bridge, and peeled roofs from dozens of homes, uprooted trees, and scattered debris. The tornado then struck the Macedonia Community at Highway 69-A and Parrish Lake Road. It demolished three trailers and damaged 30 homes. The tornado picked up two neighboring mobile homes. One was thrown across a road and killed its two occupants. Another was slammed into a neighbor’s house, which killed its two occupants and injured five others. Reported by the Calhoun County EMA.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 30.50 / -85.05   End:  30.57 / -85.12 

Corrected Coordinates based on high-resolution satellite imagery:     Start: 30.488638 / -85.031065  End: 30.572643 / -85.106468

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Satellite Imagery via USGS

Satellite Imagery taken between December 1-December 31, 2004, showing a swath of downed trees in a heavily forested area about 3 miles southeast of Altha.

Newspaper Clippings

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