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Looking back at December 2018 Kings Bay tornado

It was three years ago this weekend a EF3 Tornado brought a swath of damage to South East Georgia.
Credit: WTLV

KINGS BAY BASE, Ga. — Let’s remember what happened on three years ago on December 3rd. One of the largest tornadoes in recent memory struck the First Coast injuring five and causing widespread damage along it’s seven-mile path.

Outside of the video evidence of the tornado and the damage it left behind, a actual wind reading from an anemometer in Kings Bay even reported a wind of 125 kts or 144 mph. Thankfully the worse of the impacts of the tornado itself were isolated to a waterfront pier on Kings Bay.

The storm also brought wide spread damage across the First Coast flooding roadways. Some of the worse flooding in Ware County where roads turned into Rivers.

Meanwhile in Jacksonville on the Southside, a roof collapsed due to the storm.


Photo sent by a viewer of the tornado that touched at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

This all thanks to a series of warm fronts that added fuel to our atmosphere ahead of a potent unstable cold front that blew through our area creating this line of severe weather. 

It shows even though December is not typically your severe weather season, the potential is always still there here on the First Coast.

Check our latest forecast here.


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