Northern Hancock County Tornado - March 27, 2009

Estimated Maximum Wind:
100 mph
Damage Path Length:
7.7 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
8 miles SW of Necaise, MS at 140 AM
Approximate End Point/Time:
2 miles S of Necaise, MS at 146 AM


A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Northern Hancock County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds of approximately 100 mph.

The tornado touched down near the intersection of MS State Hwy 43 and Leetown Road. This location is approximately 8 miles southwest of Necaise, MS. The tornado tracked northeastward for about 8 miles. The most significant damage occurred as the tornado moved along St. Matthew Church Road and then crossed MS State Hwy 603. A church building has a portion of the roof removed and a large outbuilding was destroyed. The tornado damage path was 7.7 miles long and was 200 yards wide at its widest point. No injuries or fatalities were reported.



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Trees Snapped

Debris in Church Parking Lot

Roof Damaged

Roof Lifted Up and Wall Damaged

Roof Missing

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