Kemper/Noxubee/Pickens, AL Counties Tornado


Event Summary

This tornado touched down in the Wahalak Community near Hwy 45 in Kemper County, it then track into Noxubee County in the Jenkins Quarters area and moved across Field Rd before moving into the Noxubee River bottom. Trees were snapped in this area. The tornado emerged from the river bottom along Paulette Rd in the Cooksville Community. Here EF-2 intensity was observed as hundreds of trees sere snapped and uprooted along with part of the roof taken off a church and windows blown out of a house. Power lines were down as well in this area. The tornado then crossed Cooksville Rd and continued to cause extensive tree damage along with many power lines blown down. A few homes in this area suffered minor damage as well. The tornado then crossed into AL, in the far southwest part of Pickens County, as an EF-2, and tracked to the Dancy Community along Hwy 17. The tornado weakened in Dancy, but still was quite wide and downing trees/limbs along damaging a old shed. The tornado continued to the ENE and will be surveyed at another time.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
125 mph
Damage Path Length:
12 miles(in Mississippi), at least 3 miles into southern Pickens County, AL
Maximum Path Width:
8/10 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time:

6.9 NNW Scooba

Approximate End Point/Time:

5.2 E Paulette  4:16am                   

Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS Doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 4:08 am when it was located near the MS/AL state line in Noxubee 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:

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