Mid-November 2006 tornado outbreak

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November 2006 Tornado Outbreak
Type Tornado outbreak
Duration November 14–16, 2006
Tornadoes confirmed 32 confirmed
Max rating1 F3 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak2 27 hours, 47 minutes
Damage $10.5 million (NCDC figures)
Casualties 10 fatalities (+ 3 non-tornadic), 48 injuries
Areas affected Southern United States, New York

1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

2Time from first tornado to last tornado

From November 15 to 16, 2006, a major tornado outbreak occurred across the Southern United States and into the Mid-Atlantic States. It took place along a sharp cold front that tracked across the entire region from west to east.[1] Ten people were killed by the many tornadoes that damaged many communities. The bulk of the tornadoes took place on November 15, but the deadliest tornado took place on the morning of the November 16 in southern North Carolina.

A moderate risk of severe weather was issued by the Storm Prediction Center for a large section of the Southeast for the night of the November 14 into November 15.[2] The activity started in the overnight hours in Louisiana and Arkansas and tracked eastward, producing scattered tornadoes across the entire Gulf Coast and into the Carolinas over the next 36 hours. The most severe tornadoes took place in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana where one person was killed in a trailer, near Sumrall, Mississippi where an F3 tornado led to severe damage and numerous injuries, and in Montgomery, Alabama where an indoor roller skating park was destroyed with 30 children inside (but no serious injuries occurred there).

When the line crossed into Georgia and northern Florida, it formed into a squall line. However, breaks in the squall line allowed supercells to form in the overnight hours, and early on the 16th, the deadly tornado in southern North Carolina formed at the end of the outbreak.

Three other deaths occurred that were not related to tornadoes; one was a utility worker that was electrocuted checking downed power lines in South Carolina and two were in car crashes in North Carolina related to severe thunderstorms.[3] In total, 32 tornadoes were confirmed. Additionally, this was the last outbreak that used the original Fujita scale for measuring tornado intensity, as it was being superseded by the Enhanced (EF) scale in January 2007.

Reported tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
3 20 6 3 0 0 32

November 15 event[edit]

F# Location County/Parish Time (UTC) Path length Damage
F2 NE of Montpelier to NW of Arcola St. Helena, Tangipahoa 0750 5.5 miles
(9 km)
1 death - At the beginning of the path, a house and a travel trailer were destroyed, fatally injuring one person in the travel trailer. The tornado continued northeast with damage primarily to trees, power lines, and house roofs. At the end of the path near Arcola, four structures sustained major damage and two homes were destroyed. 2 people were injured.[4][5]
F1 N of Buras Plaquemines unknown unknown Several trailers were damaged.[6]
F2 W of Thomas to NE of Sandy Hook, MS Washington, Walthall (MS), Marion (MS) unknown unknown Several mobile homes were damaged, and trees and power lines were blown down in Louisiana before the tornado crossed into Mississippi, where 11 structures had major damage and 5 had minor damage near Flowers. Mobile homes were destroyed and roofs were torn off of homes in that area. Numerous trees and power lines were downed further along the path before the tornado dissipated. One person was injured.[7][8][9]
F3 SW of Sumrall to NW of Rawls Springs Lamar, Forrest 0830 13 miles
(21 km)
Near Sumrall, 25 homes were damaged, 16 of which suffered major damage or total destruction. A block foundation home was swept completely away, and a mini-van was thrown 150 yards into a tractor and destroyed. Many trees were snapped, denuded, and partially debarked along the path. 6 people were injured.[10]
F3 SE of Laurel Jones, Wayne 0931 10.5 miles
(17 km)
Two metal high-tension towers were destroyed, hundreds of trees were snapped and uprooted, at least two mobile homes were destroyed, a travel trailer being used for Hurricane Katrina housing was obliterated, and several houses suffered significant structural damage. A mobile home and a large shed were completely destroyed near the end of the path as well. One person was injured.[11][12]
F1 E of Laurel Jones 0940 0.75 mile
(1.2 km)
Satellite tornado to the previous tornado. Damage was limited to numerous trees that were blown down.[13]
F1 NW of Purvis Lamar 0950 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Tornado destroyed an outbuilding and took the roof off of a large shed. Numerous pine trees were also snapped or blown down along the path.[14]
F1 Avera to SW of Bothwell Greene 1057 4.5 miles
(7 km)
Homes sustained roof damage and a church had part of its roof torn off. Many trees were downed along the path.[15]
F1 N of Ocean Springs Jackson unknown unknown An elementary school sustained roof damage and power lines were downed.[16]
F1 Brinkley Monroe 0950 6.5 miles
(10 km)
Damage was reported to about 50 houses and businesses. Four silos and an outbuilding were destroyed, and extensive tree and power line damage occurred.
F1 E of Jordan to S of Bigbee Washington 1140 8 miles
(12.8 km)
Numerous homes had roof damage and many trees were downed. One horse was killed and several others were injured when the tornado damaged a stable.[17]
F1 Fleta to NW of Pintlala Montgomery 1603 5.7 miles
(9.2 km)
Numerous trees were snapped off just south of the Pintlala Elementary School, and 10 buildings north of the school were damaged.[18]
F2 Montgomery Montgomery 1630 6.8 miles
(11 km)
Tornado struck the east side of Montgomery. Initially, the tornado snapped many trees and caused minor roof damage to numerous homes in several subdivisions. At the city post office, the main doors of building were blown in and portions of the roof were lifted off to the north. A tractor trailer in the parking lot was moved 30 yards and flipped over, and other postal vehicles and cars in the parking lot were moved or received significant damage. The nearby Fun Zone Skating Rink was completely destroyed with many children inside (though none were seriously injured). Several vehicles were crushed by debris or tossed around at that location. Some metal power poles were downed, and an apartment complex lost sections of its roof and second story before the tornado dissipated. 6 people were injured.[19]
F1 E of Ware Elmore 1645 1.5 miles
(2.4 km)
A home sustained substantial roof damage, which was shifted 3 inches. Trees and tree limbs were snapped as well.[20]
F1 W of Kent Elmore 1705 5 miles
(8 km)
A roof was blown off of a house and several trees were blown down along the path.[21]
F0 W of Reeltown Tallapoosa 1720 100 yds
(90 m)
A mobile home sustained siding damage, and 3 outbuildings sustained significant damage. Several trees were blown down or snapped as well.[22]
F2 E of Green Bay to W of Eoda Covington 1730 15 miles
(24 km)
At the beginning of the path, two large grain bins were torn from their foundations, one of which was found 150 yards from where it originated. A nearby outbuilding was picked up and smashed into a house, resulting in considerable damage to the house. Other homes further along the path sustained roof damage. Worst damage occurred near Opine, where six commercial poultry farm buildings were destroyed or heavily damaged and 130,000 chickens were killed.[23]
F2 NW of Roeton to NW of Louisville Coffee, Pike, Barbour 1817 17.8 miles
(29 km)
Worst damage occurred in the Hamilton Crossroads area. Several homes and a fire department building sustained significant damage, and a water tower collapsed. Many trees were downed along the path.[24]
F1 NW of Lafayette Chambers 1829 0.75 mile
(1.2 km)
Numerous large trees were knocked onto a home, several sheds were destroyed, and a large trailer was blown over.[25]
F1 NE of Elba Coffee unknown unknown A collection tank and four roll-off containers were damaged at a county landfill, a home lost its front porch and roof, and several trailers. Numerous trees and power lines were downed. Several mobile homes and sheds were destroyed, and two people were injured.[26]
F1 S of Newville Henry unknown unknown A yeast facility was heavily damaged and a nearby warehouse sustained lesser damage. Numerous trees were downed along the path.[27]
F1 W of Mount Andrew Barbour 1855 unknown One house sustained roof and wall damage, and a tree was snapped from this brief touchdown.[28]
F1 SE of Dyas Baldwin 1509 1.5 miles
(2.4 km)
Two sheds, a barn, a horse pen, and a screened in porch were destroyed, with debris scattered up to a half-mile away. A house sustained considerable roof damage.[29]
F0 NE of Rabun Baldwin 1448 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Tornado blew down several trees.[30]
F1 Fort Benning Chattahoochee, Muscogee 1915 1.75 miles
(2.8 km)
Considerable damage occurred at the Army base. 10 World War II warehouses were heavily damaged, an 18-wheel truck was flipped over, and two vehicles were damaged from debris. Several trees and power lines were also down in the area. Six homes were also damaged in the McDonald Manor Housing Area from large downed trees and limbs. Nine minor injuries were reported in this area as a result of flying or falling debris.[31]
North Carolina
F1 N of Cramerton Gaston 0358 150 yds
(135 m)
Tornado damaged the West Cramerton Baptist Church, removing several shingles, damaging stained glass windows, knocking off the steeple and blowing off the front door.[32]
F0 N of Lincolnton Lincoln 0415 unknown Brief tornado. No further details available.[33]
F2 E of Denver Lincoln 0420 unknown Substantial damage reported on the west side of Lake Norman. Hundreds of trees were downed, many blocking roads, with some down on homes.[34]
F1 E of Statesville Iredell 0442 6 miles
(9.6 km)
1 death - Many trees were downed, some of which landed on mobile homes. One mobile home and a metal garage were completely destroyed. Another mobile home was flipped off of its foundation, and another was shifted several feet. A 62-year-old man was severely injured in one of the homes when a refrigerator fell on him. He died on December 3 due to complications from the injuries. One other person was injured.[35]
Sources: SPC Storm Reports (Overnight), SPC Storm Reports (Daytime), Jackson office, Little Rock office, Birmingham office, Greenville-Spartanburg office, Mobile office, Peachtree City office, New Orleans office

November 16 event[edit]

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
New York
F1 N of Erin Chemung unknown unknown Numerous trees were blown down and a garage collapsed.[36]
South Carolina
F1 SE of Manning Clarendon 0619 15 miles
(24 km)
Intermittent tornado downed several trees.[37]
North Carolina
F3 Riegelwood area Columbus, Pender 1137 7 miles
(11 km)
8 deaths - Tornado first clipped the west edge of Riegelwood, where numerous mobile homes were destroyed and scattered, many vehicles were thrown and mangled, and a block foundation home was swept completely away. Several brick homes sustained major damage as well. Further along the path, the tornado snapped numerous trees, flipped a tractor-trailer, tore part of the roof from a house, and destroyed a large wood-frame building with a metal roof before dissipating. 20 people were injured.[38][39]
Sources: SPC Storm Reports (Overnight), Wilmington office

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Nov 15, 2006 0600 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook". Storm Prediction Center. November 15, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Tornado Victims Pick Up The Pieces". CBS News. November 16, 2006. 
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  19. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6346
  20. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6349
  21. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6391
  22. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6392
  23. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=5886
  24. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6415
  25. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6397
  26. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6081
  27. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6083
  28. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6410
  29. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=5871
  30. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=5869
  31. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=5057
  32. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6041
  33. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6044
  34. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6048
  35. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=6054
  36. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=4974
  37. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=3254
  38. ^ http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ilm/archive/Nov162006tornadoes/index.php#
  39. ^ https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/eventdetails.jsp?id=3485

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