New Year's 2011 Severe Weather Event

New Year's Day 2011 Kemper County Tornado


Event Summary

A roof was blown off a wood frame house and several other homes had minor shingle damage. Numerous outbuildings were either severely damaged or destroyed. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were snapped and uprooted along the path of the storm.  

Estimated Maximum Wind:
105 mph
Damage Path Length:
11 miles
Maximum Path Width:
1/4 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time:

13 miles SW De Kalb 2:55am

Approximate End Point/Time:
2 miles SW De Kalb


Radar Imagery
These images from the Columbus, MS doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 3:06am on January 1st as it moves through Kemper County just to the southwest of De Kalb. 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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