Thu Aug 28 2008 09:08 PM
fay tornadoes

when the official sums are in, fay will have likely spawned over 40 tornadoes, maybe over 50. fortunately it seems like most were fairly insignificant and short lived... the magnitude of the event wasn't as dramatic as what the 2004 storms caused, though it was fairly long lived as fay meandered around the southeast for more than a week. the storm spawned most of them in its death throes, as it underwent extratropical transition and developed surface boundaries to focus low-level shear and generate supercells.
here's a rough summary based on storm reports
august 18 2-3 in srn fla notable tornado in wellington
august 19 4-5 in sern/ern fla incl barefoot bay 3 inj?
august 20 none
august 21 none
august 22 3-7 mostly in ne fla around, s of jax, one in polk co
august 23 2-3? nrn fl/srn ga
august 24 0-2? central al
august 25 12-15 e alabama, ga/fl/al wiregrass
august 26 19-26 nern ga/nwrn sc commerce ga 2 inj
august 27 10-15 central-ern nc
most of these tornadoes were weak, EF-0 or EF-1, and only lasted a couple of minutes, tracked a mile or less. some of the spotter reports will be discounted, some are duplicates or different sightings of the same storm. it looks like the tally will actually run more like 52-66. that's fairly impressive for a tropical storm.
HF 0207z29august

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