Violent and Deadly Long Track Tornado Plows From Tallulah Louisiana Across Yazoo City to Northeast Mississippi



It must be stressed that all of this information is preliminary and subject to later adjustment. A tornado outbreak of this magnitude requires a tremendous amount of survey and analysis. An analysis of aerial survey information could still result in this tornado being broken up into more than one path.We will provide updates as additional information is available. 


Estimated Maximum Wind:
170 mph
10 Total Fatalities with Dozens of Injuries
Damage Path Length:
149 miles
Maximum Path Width:
1.75 miles
Approximate Start Point/Time:
5 miles W of Tallulah, LA 32.408N, 91.283W
Approximate End Point/Time:
5.5 miles N of Sturgis, MS 33.430N, 89.054W


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Preliminary ground surveys along the entire path of the primary supercell thunderstorm that tracked from west of Tallulah, Louisiana to Yazoo City to northeast of West Point on Saturday April 24 have been completed. The preliminary conclusion, based on the ground surveys, is that a single, continuous path of tornadic damage was produced from west of Tallulah Louisiana to the extreme western part of Oktibbeha county in northeast Mississippi. The tornado appeared to dissipate at this point but the storm produced two additional tornadoes in the NWS Jackson service area: an EF-1 in northern Oktibbeha County and an EF-2 in northeast Clay County.

The main long track tornado was strong almost from its initial stage of development in northeast Louisiana. EF-2 and EF-3 damage was common all along the tornado’s path into central Mississippi with areas of EF-4 damage observed in both Yazoo and Holmes counties. After crossing Interstate 55, the tornado weakened with EF-1 and occasional EF-2 damage being commom as the tornado moved across Attala County. The tornado reintensified as it moved into Choctaw County, with at least high end EF-3 damage occurring northwest of the Weir community. The tornado remained strong before rapidly weakening and then dissipating just after moving into Oktibbeha County.


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