New Year's 2011 Severe Weather Event

New Year's Day 2011 Attala County Tornado

 

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Event Summary

The tornado began in the vicinity of state highway 12 east southeast of Durant. The tornado moved east-northeast to northeast, initially producing damage of EF1 intensity to trees, and damaging the roof of at least one home. As the tornado approached state highway 19, it intensified and began causing extensive tree damage, snapping and uprooting hundreds of trees. After crossing highway 19, it caused extensive damage to a church conference center, heavily damaging the roof of the main church building and causing major damage to several camp buildings. In this area, the tornado also caused significant roof damage to several homes and destroyed a number of outbuildings. From here, the tornado continued east northeast, continuing to cause major tree damage as it crossed state Highway 35 at Hesterville. As a wide, strong tornado moving through a heavily forested area, this tornado was a major destroyer of timber, snapping or uprooting thousands of trees. The tornado eventually weakened and dissipated to the north of Ethel.
EF-3
Estimated Maximum Wind:
145 mph
Casualties:
2 Injuries
Damage Path Length:
23 miles
Maximum Path Width:
3/4 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time:

4 miles ESE Durant 12:02am

Approximate End Point/Time:
7 miles N Ethel 12:26am

 

Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 12:17am onJanuary 1st as it moves through Attala County east of  Hesterville. The image on the left shows 0.5° base reflectivity data, and the image on the right shows 0.5° storm relative velocity data. Click on the thumbnail below for a higher resolution image.

Radar - Attala County tornado

 

New Year's Day 2011 Holmes County Straight Line Wind Damage

Event Summary

This same storm caused areas of straight line wind damage over southern Holmes county.  A number of trees were snapped or uprooted near state highways 17 and 14 west of Goodman, and a highway sign was snapped at the Goodman exit on Interstate 55.  The pattern of damage here indicated that this damage was likely associated with the rear flank downdraft of this intense storm, and occurred around 11:55 pm 12/31/10.  Wind speeds associated with this damage are estimated to be 60-65 mph. There also were spots of sporadic rear flank downdraft tree damage to the south of the tornado over Attala County, primarily just as the tornado started.

 

Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS doppler radar show the severe thunderstorm at 11:49pm on December 31st as it moves through Holmes County around Goodman. These images depict the strong straight line winds just prior to the storm becoming tornadic. The image on the left shows 0.5° base reflectivity data, and the image on the right shows 0.5° base velocity data. Click on the thumbnail below for a higher resolution image.

Holmes County Straight Line Winds

Damage Photos
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