December 25, 2012 Lawrence County Tornado

Event Summary

The tornado touched down in a wooded area near Trace Road producing mostly tree and minor roof damage to the homes in the area. As it moved to the northeast, the width increased to near ¼ mile near Ford-Calcote and James Fox roads producing significant tree damage. As it continued northeast crossing Conley Peavey Road, a carport awning was removed and part of a barn was destroyed along with more heavy tree damage. As it approached Highway 84, the width decreased to around 1/10 if a mile and the tornado increased in intensity. It was at this time that the tornado was most intense (EF-2) resulting in several mobile homes and travel trailers being lofted and ultimately destroyed. A small business had substantial Roof damage with two walls being blown out as well. An abandoned bricked gas station had its roof removed and windows blown out with the awning support poles bent and awning roof blown away. As the tornado approached Highway 27 northwest of Monticello, more tree damage was noted while it collapsed a patio roof of a house on Friendship Lane just north of Monticello. Minor tree damage occurred along the remainder of the track.

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Estimated Maximum Wind: 120 mph
Casualties: 0 deaths; 7 injuries
Damage Path Length: 9.2 miles
Maximum Path Width: 1/4 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time: 8.25 WSW Monticello
3:35 pm


Approximate End Point/Time: 1.5 N Monticello
3:44 pm



Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS Doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 3:39 pm when it was just west of Monticello. 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 - Lawrence County Tornado


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