New Year's 2011 Severe Weather Event

New Year's Day 2011 Kemper-Noxubee Counties Tornado


Event Summary

 The tornado began near Kellis Store Road where several soft and hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted.  The tornado continued northeast to Weaver Scriples Mill Road where it took the roof off of a home along with a couple of load bearing walls. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were also snapped at this location. Across the street, a portion of a roof was taken off and a shed was also destroyed. The tornado continued northeast and crossed into Noxubee County where it caused significant damage along Gholson Road. One home sustained roof damage and windows were blown out. In addition, numerous hardwood and softwood trees were snapped. Two outbuildings were also destroyed at this location. Across the street, a well built garage was destroyed along with significant damage to a couple of other outbuildings.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
125 mph
Damage Path Length:
6 miles
Maximum Path Width:
1/2 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time:

3 miles SW Gholson

Approximate End Point/Time:
3 miles E Gholson


Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 2:01am on January 1st as it moves through Kemper County near Preston. 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 - Kemper County tornado


Damage Photos
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