February 24, 2011 Severe Weather Event

Issaquena/Sharkey County Tornado

Event Summary

The tornado started at Grace, where it downed a few large trees and caused minor roof damage to several homes. The tornado continued into Sharkey County, and just after crossing Dry Bend Road it destroyed a metal outbuilding, scattering tin and other debris a mile downstream. Part of the roof of another larger metal building was taken off at the same location, along with a couple of trees snapped. From here the tornado mainly passed through open fields for a couple of miles, although trees could be seen down along some tree lines. As the tornado approached US Highway 61, it turned more east-northeastward and downed more trees and rolled some equipment at a farm shop. As it crossed Highway 61, it snapped or downed at least 6 wooden power poles. It also caused significant shingle damage to a frame home and downed several trees and large limbs. The tornado then moved back into inaccessible farm fields, and is assumed to have dissipated shortly thereafter.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
115 mph
Damage Path Length:
6.5 miles
Maximum Path Width:
400 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:


Approximate End Point/Time:
1.5 miles SE Nitta Yuma


Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 7:57pm as it crossed from northern Issaquena County into northern Sharkey County. 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 - Sharkey County tornado

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