Daphne AL – the "Friendly City" – is a suburb of Mobile, AL, and is also known as the "Gateway to Mobile Bay."
Daphne was founded in 1892 and incorporated in July 1958. It began as a small resort community and has grown into a thriving bedroom community for those working in nearby Mobile, Spanish Fort, and Fairhope. The population was 8,452 at the 2010 census.
One of the more interesting facets of Daphne's history occurred on August 13, 2009, when an F5 Tornado destroyed many homes throughout Baldwin County causing damage exceeding $2.3 billion according to the Insurance Journal. A new record for insured damages from one twister.
The left no fatalities among its 210 injured, but the property damage has been described as "devastating."
At least one person was injured in Fairhope after a restaurant canopy came down during the storm.
The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that an EF-4 tornado touched down in Fairhope with wind speeds up to 165 mph. The NWS reported that this same tornado continued into Spanish Fort, causing heavy damage at the high school and along Airport Road there near U.S. Highway 31. A second F-4 then formed just east of Interstate 10 at Switch Road in Daphne around 6:45 pm CDT before crossing it about two miles west of where the first funnel crossed I-10.