March 14, 2011 Severe Weather 

 Event Summary

Scattered reports of wind damage occurred across eastern sections of the ArkLaMiss as a cold front moved through the region on March 14, 2011. There was enough wind through the atmosphere to combine with instability to produce wind damage, mainly in the form of downed trees and powerlines. This system moved quickly through the ArkLaMiss and was able to produce one weak tornado in Rankin County.  

Storm Survey Information

Location Start/
End Time
Event Type Fatalities/
Path Length Path Width
Rankin County
5 S Brandon to 6 SE Brandon
2:06 pm -
2:08 pm
EF-0 Tornado
85 mph
0 1.6 mi 75 yds
Rankin County
Florence to Monterey
1:52pm Straight Line Winds
85 mph
0 N/A N/A

Rankin County EF-0 Tornado
5 S Brandon to 6 SE Brandon

Track Map--Click for larger image

This narrow tornado tracked through the Robinhood subdivision and ended just west of Highway 18 near Mohr Road. Trees were snapped and uprooted in a convergent pattern and two barns had roof and siding damage. The tornado was 25 to 50 yards wide for most of its path, but expanded to a maximum of 75 yards just before dissipation. 

Rankin County Straight-line Wind Damage
Florence to Monterey

Numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted in this area. The most concetrated area of damage occurred just east of the Magnolia Springs subdivision where the maximum wind speed was estimated to also be 85mph. All of the damage fell to the east or northeast indicating straight line winds.

 Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 2:03pm as it moved through south central Rankin County near Robin Hood community. 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 - Rankin County Tornado

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