Path length: 6.8 miles
Width: 1000 yards
A total of seven early AM tornadoes occurred across parts of the south on December 10, 1967. We look at one of those in this summary. It hit in the panhandle of Florida around Fort Walton Beach around 315am ET. There was significant tree damage in a heavily wooded pine forest. A total of 35 homes and nine businesses were destroyed. Another 290 homes and 23 businesses had some sort of damage. Club Continental was heavily damaged. There were about 200 people there when the twister hit. One person had minor injuries. There was a fatality. 3-year-old Joann Coker died from a head injury when the tornado hit her home. At the time of the tornado, Joann’s Mom was at the hospital giving birth to her 7th child.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the December 1967 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC/NCDC have a 6.8 mile path length.
- Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 5 miles.
December 1967 Storm Data Publication
Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1094.
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