National Weather Service meteorologists from Jackson, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama surveyed a track coming out of Kemper County in Mississippi as it entered into Sumter County. It has been determined that the damage was consistent with a strong tornado. A tornado touched down near Scooba, Mississippi and tracked northeast into Sumter County, Alabama at a point just north of Henley Rd, northwest of Geiger. The tornado continued as an EF2 rating as it entered Alabama, with winds of 130 mph. It knocked down trees along Mt Tabor Rd and AL Hwy 17. The tornado caused extensive tree damage along CR 34, near Panola, where it knocked down an entire section of pine forest. The tornado continued northeast across north Sumter County and moved into southern Pickens County just west of CR 85. As the tornado strengthened to an EF3 rating with winds of 140 mph, the path width decreased to 0.4 mile (704 yds). As the tornado crossed CR 85, a large cinder block building sustained significant loss of roofing and partial wall collapse. The tornado continued to cause tree damage along its path as it moved northeast and crossed the Tombigbee River at Vienna. The tornado weakened and lifted at AL Hwy 14, just north of the Sipsey River.
The tornado touched down in Kemper County, Mississippi. Therefore, the total tornado damage path was 23.74 miles long. The tornado was rated an EF-3 in Pickens County and all of the injuries occurred in Sumter County. The tornado was at its widest point of 1056 yards in Sumter County.