SPC Stats

Path length: 6.8 miles

Width:  1000 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  50

Rating:  F2

County:  Okaloosa

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.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 30.40 / -86.62      End: 30.43 / -86.52

Corrected Coordinates based on damage reports:

Start:  30.403326/-86.648988       End: 30.444971/-86.586524.

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

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Discrepancies:

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:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 6.8 mile path length.
  • Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 5 miles.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      December 1967 Storm Data Publication

      newspapers.com

      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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