Mobile marks 9 years since the Christmas Day tornado | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – Families in Mobile had a very different Christmas in 2012.
A tornado hit around 5 p.m. around Dauphin Street. Surveillance video from Walgreen at the Loop showed how powerful the EF-2 tornado was and how fast it passed.
The Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street was directly affected.
A family was on Reed Avenue, about 5 blocks from the church, celebrating Christmas together.
âWe had all the TVs turned off and we weren’t listening to the radio, so we didn’t know there was an alert,â said John Marshall.
Marshall said he watched the tornado go by, heading straight for the church.
“I realized from a distance that we could see the tornado pass in the area where Trinity Church is located,” Marshall said.
The result was devastating. The roof was blown off, it took years to rebuild, adding the steeple in 2015.
Now stand strong again.
The tornado also destroyed parts of Murphy High School.
Fortunately, Marshall’s family were not injured and suffered no damage to their home, but they will always remember the tornado that ravaged the town on Christmas 2012.
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