March 21, 2012 Rankin County Tornado


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Event Summary

The tornado started just north of Interstate 20 near Carter Circle where a few trees were uprooted. The tornado continued slightly west of north and remained relatively weak...downing a few trees and limbs along the path. The tornado intensified just after crossing US Highway 80 where it caused extensive damage to a large frame home. Most of the roofing structure of the home was destroyed...a back wall was partially collapsed and extensive shingle damage occurred to the remaining roof. In addition...along the narrow path of the tornado...rather intense tree damage occurred north of the home with a number of large trees uprooted and snapped. All of this damage is consistent with EF-2 type damage. From this point...the tornado continued northward...crossing Pelahatchie Creek...and then crossed Lake Road in two spots...snapping and uprooting a number of trees along its narrow path. The tornado continued across Haynes Chapel Road...continuing to snap trees. The tornado dissipated between Haynes Chapel Road and Holly Bush Road.

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

3 Miles WSW of Pelahatchie
2:04 pm 3/21/12

Approximate End Point/Time:
6 Miles NW of Pelahatchie
2:14 pm 3/21/12



Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 2:07 pm on March 21st. 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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