During the afternoon of Dec 23, just enough ingredients came together to support numerous severe storms ahead of a cold front. Across the Lower Mississippi River Valley, peak heating contributed to decent instability in the developing warm sector in advance of the front. Sufficient low level wind shear and strong winds aloft were also in place as a decent upper low was located to our north. This helped to support organized thunderstorm activity along with quite a few supercell storms.
A long lived, persistent, storm tracked across the southeastern counties (near Columbia, Mississippi to Sumrall and Laurel to Heidelberg, Mississippi line) and produced multiple tornadoes. Widespread damage occurred in southern Columbia, near Sumrall and near Laurel and areas in Marion, Jones and Clarke counties. Sadly, five confirmed fatalities occurred, with three near Columbia in Marion County and two near Laurel in Jones County. Severe storms moved out of the region by late afternoon to early Tuesday evening. The front continued to track through the area through the evening of December 23.
Tornado Track Map
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|Path Length||Path Width|
|Concordia, Catahoula and Franklin parishes
2.0 E Wildsville to 5.0 E Wisner
2.0 S Columbia to 3.0 ESE Improve
|12.0 miles||830 yards|
|Lamar County Tornado One
1.0 NE Sumrall to 1.0 NE Sumrall
|none||0.25 mile||50 yards|
|Lamar County Tornado Two
|none||100 yards||50 yards|
5.0 W Laurel to 5.0 N Laurel
|2||5.0 miles||350 yards|
3.0 ENE Crandall to 4.0 ENE Crandall
|none||0.5 mile||100 yards|
Local Storm Reports
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Damage and Tornado Pictures - Click to enlarge
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Columbia Damage- Taken by Teresa Mergens
Columbia Damage- Taken by Haskel Burns
Columbia Damage- Taken by Ryan Moore
Columbia Tornado- Taken by Amanda Stogner
Laurel Tornado- Taken by Eric Roberts
Laurel Tornado- Taken by Al Jones
Laurel Tornado- Taken by Kevan Lindsey
Funnel cloud near Heidelberg- Taken by John Carter