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Mendenhall Straight Line Wind Damage

Event Summary

A swath of straight-line wind damage estimated at 85 mph affected the south and east sides of the city of Mendenhall between 215 and 230 pm. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along a path that started near Hwy 43 southwest of town, and continued through the south side of Mendenhall to along Hayes Gray and Poplar Springs Road on the east side of town. A number of the trees fell on powerlines and homes. The path of the damage was 2 to 2.5 miles in width, and showed a clear divergent pattern indicative of straight line winds. Hail up to the size of tennis balls also fell in the same general area.

Straight Line Winds
Estimated Maximum Wind:
85 mph
Fatalities/Injuries:
none
Damage Path Length:
NA
Maximum Path Width:
2 - 2 1/2 miles
Approximate Start Point/Time:

Mendenhall area
2:15pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

Mendenhall area
230pm

 Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS Doppler radar show the severe thunderstorm at 2:19pm as it was situated over Mendenhall. Note the strong divergence signature in the velocity data . 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 -Leflore County Straight Line Winds


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