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Kemper and Noxubee Counties Tornado

Click on map above to see entire damage point notation and damage pictures at select points.

Event Summary

This tornado first touched down in southwest Kemper County and tracked north-northeast through much of Kemper and Noxubee County then into Pickens County Alabama.  The most intense damage occurred in five locations along the path.  The first was damage to a several story steel frame commercial building along highway 493 just north of Moscow.  The second was a frame home that was completely destroyed along Highway 16 several miles west of De Kalb.  The third was an extensive area of damage just west and northwest of Shuqualak that included a destroyed home as well as significant damage to several other homes and many power poles.  The fourth was high tension power poles that were bent along Highway 45 just north of Shuqualak. The fifth area was just west of Prairie Point where a tower was crumpled and bent all the way to the ground.

Along the rest of the tornado path...thousands of trees were snapped and uprooted, numerous power poles were snapped, many homes sustained roof and wall damage, numerous barns and outbuildings were heavily damaged or destroyed and a few vehicles were smashed and overturned.

For more on the tornado path once it crossed into Alabama, please visit the National Weather Service in Birmingham's event summary.

Rating:
(Click for EF Scale)
EF-3
Estimated Maximum Wind: 145 mph
Casualties: 1 deaths; 9 injuries
Damage Path Length: 56 miles(68.4 miles for the entire track)
Maximum Path Width: 3/4 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time:

3 SW Damascus
11:33 am

Approximate End Point/Time:

3 ENE Bigbee Valley (.77 E Ethelsville, AL for the entire track)
12:48 pm (1:06pm for the entire track)

 

Damage Photos

Kemper County

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Noxubee County

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Radar Imagery
These images from the Brandon, MS Doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 11:36 am as the storm was moving to the northeast just to the north of Damascus in southwest Kemper 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.

Radar - Kemper County Tornado

 We could also confirm the presence of tornadic debris. Here is a screen capture from the Brandon, MS radar at 11:45 am as the tornado was moving just west of De Kalb. The more traditional radar products shown at the top (base reflectivity, storm relative velocity) were showing a severe thunderstorm, with strong and tight rotation at just over 6,300 feet above the ground. It was the dual-pol products on the bottom of this image that provided additional confirmation that this rotation must have been extending to the ground. The correlation coefficient (CC) product in the bottom-right helps to provide an idea of the consistency of the shape of the targets being reflected back to the radar. Higher values shows greater consistency (for instance, all rain), while lower values show less consistency (a mixture of targets). In this image we see an area of lower CC, which is actually an indication of tornadic debris of various shapes and sizes. Dual-pol continues to prove to be a powerful tool in our arsenal of technology enabling us to track severe weather. Click on the image below for a higher resolution image.

Radar - Kemper County Tornado

These images from the Columbus, MS Doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 12:07 pm as the storm was moving northeast just to the southwest of Shuqualak, entering southern 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.

 Radar - Noxubee County Tornado

Here is another look at dual pol data from the Columbus, MS radar at 12:12 pm as the tornado was moving across south central Noxubee County, south of Macon. The more traditional radar products shown at the top (base reflectivity, storm relative velocity) were showing a severe thunderstorm, with strong and tight rotation at just over 4800 feet above the ground. It was the dual-pol products on the bottom of this image that provided additional confirmation that this rotation must have been extending to the ground. The correlation coefficient (CC) product in the bottom-right helps to provide an idea of the consistency of the shape of the targets being reflected back to the radar. Higher values shows greater consistency (for instance, all rain), while lower values show less consistency (a mixture of targets). In this image we see an area of lower CC, which is actually an indication of tornadic debris of various shapes and sizes. Dual-pol continues to prove to be a powerful tool in our arsenal of technology enabling us to track severe weather. Click on the image below for a higher resolution image. 

 Radar - Noxubee County Tornado

These images from the Columbus, MS Doppler radar show the tornadic thunderstorm at 12:39 pm as the storm was moving northeast near BigBee Valley in northeast 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.

 Radar - Noxubee County Tornado

Here is another look at dual pol data from the Columbus, MS radar at 12:39 pm as the tornado was moving across northeast Noxubee County. The more traditional radar products shown at the top (base reflectivity, storm relative velocity) were showing a severe thunderstorm, with strong and tight rotation at just over 3000 feet above the ground. It was the dual-pol products on the bottom of this image that provided additional confirmation that this rotation must have been extending to the ground. The correlation coefficient (CC) product in the bottom-right helps to provide an idea of the consistency of the shape of the targets being reflected back to the radar. Higher values shows greater consistency (for instance, all rain), while lower values show less consistency (a mixture of targets). In this image we see an area of lower CC, which is actually an indication of tornadic debris of various shapes and sizes. Dual-pol continues to prove to be a powerful tool in our arsenal of technology enabling us to track severe weather. Click on the image below for a higher resolution image. 

 Radar - Noxubee County Tornado


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