Public Information Statement

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
615 PM CST MON APR 7 2003

...SUMMARY OF STORM DAMAGE SURVEYS CONDUCTED TODAY...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAMS WERE DISPATCHED TO SURVEY 
DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED ON SUNDAY IN WARREN...ISSAQUENA... 
HINDS...LAWRENCE...AND LINCOLN COUNTIES.

...WARREN/ISSAQUENA COUNTIES...

A SHORT TORNADO TRACK WAS FOUND IN EXTREME SOUTHERN ISSAQUENA AND 
EXTREME NORTHERN WARREN COUNTY ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORM THAT MOVED 
ACROSS THIS AREA DURING THE MIDDAY HOURS SUNDAY. THE DAMAGE WAS 
ALONG HIGHWAY 465 ABOUT 6 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF REDWOOD. THE 
DAMAGE WAS LIMITED TO DOWNED TREES..AND WAS RATED AS F0 ON THE 
FUJITA SCALE.

THE REMAINDER OF THE DAMAGE IN NORTHERN WARREN COUNTY...INCLUDING 
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...TREES AND POWERLINES FROM REDWOOD... 
TO OAK RIDGE...WAS FOUND TO BE CAUSED BY STRAIGHTLINE WIND DAMAGE. 
WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 80 MPH.

...HINDS COUNTY...

A SHORT TORNADO TRACK WAS FOUND IN EXTREME NORTHERN HINDS COUNTY 
ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORM THAT MOVED ACROSS THE AREA SUNDAY EVENING. 
NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED AND A NUMBER OF HOMES SUSTAINED 
SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO STARTED ABOUT 4 MILES WEST OF 
TOUGALOO...AND MOVED TO NEAR TOUGALOO. THE DAMAGE WITH THIS TORNADO 
WAS RATED AS F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

A PATH OF SIGNIFICANT STRAIGHTLINE WIND DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH WINDS 
OF 70 TO 80 MPH ALSO OCCURRED JUST TO THE SOUTH OF THIS TORNADO 
TRACK.

...LINCOLN COUNTY...

A 10 MILE LONG...THREE-QUARTER MILE WIDE TORNADO PATH WAS FOUND IN 
NORTHERN LINCOLN COUNTY. THE TORNADO STARTED 4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF 
CASEYVILLE AT ABOUT 737 PM...AND ENDED 3 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF 
WESSON AT ABOUT 747 PM. NUMEROUS HOMES SUFFERED MINOR DAMAGE FROM 
FALLEN TREES...AND SEVERAL HOMES DID HAVE MAJOR DAMAGE. SIX PEOPLE 
WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR MINOR INJURIES...AND HAVE BEEN 
RELEASED. THE DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AS F2 ON THE FUJITA 
SCALE.

THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS SURROUNDED BY A THREE MILE WIDE STRAIGHT 
LINE MACROBURST DAMAGE PATH. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED IN THIS AREA.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EMERGENCY 
MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS IN THE AFFECTED COUNTIES...AND THE MISSISSIPPI 
FORESTRY COMMISSION...FOR THE INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE THEY PROVIDED IN 
CONDUCTING THESE SURVEYS.

ADDITIONAL STORM DAMAGE SURVEYS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL 
BE PROVIDED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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