April 30, 2005
Storm Damage Survey


Storm reports from April 30, 2005

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1143 PM CST TUE MAY 3 2005

...NWS STORM ASSESSMENT FINDS A SMALL TORNADO IN MONROE COUNTY
MISSISSIPPI FROM EARLY APRIL 30TH STORMS...

DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF SATURDAY APRIL 30TH...A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH MONROE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RECEIVED REPORTS OF DAMAGE NEAR ABERDEEN
AND A STORM SURVEY TEAM VISITED THE AREA ON TUESDAY TO DETERMINE IF
THE DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OR A TORNADO. THE
FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT.

A SMALL TORNADO TRACK WAS FOUND JUST NORTHWEST OF THE CITY OF
ABERDEEN. THE TORNADO TRACK BEGAN JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 45 AND ENDED
NEAR BIG JOHN ROAD AND THE MATTUBBY CREEK. THE TOTAL LENGTH OF THE
PATH WAS JUST UNDER 2 MILES AND WAS NOT CONTINUOUS. SEVERAL LARGE
TREES WERE UPROOTED...WITH SOME TREES SNAPPED OFF THREE FEET IN THE
AIR. THE DOWNED TREES ALONG THE TRACK WERE IN A CONVERGENT
PATTERN...INDICATIVE OF A TORNADO. IN ADDITION...A FEW HOMES
SUFFERED SHINGLE DAMAGE...WITH ONE OLDER STRUCTURE LOSING HALF OF
ITS ROOF. THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS 75 YARDS AT ITS WIDEST POINT.
THE TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED A LOW F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE WITH WINDS
ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN AROUND 75-80 MPH. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE
GROUND FROM APPROXIMATELY 12:42 AM TILL 12:44 AM.

...ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO SEND A SPECIAL THANKS TO
WCBI-TV OUT OF COLUMBUS MISSISSIPPI. THEIR ASSISTANCE THIS AFTERNOON
ALLOWED THE STORM TEAM TO MAKE A MORE THOROUGH ASSESSMENT OF THE
DAMAGE.

...FUJITA SCALE TABLE...

F0...40-72 MPH
F1...73-112 MPH
F2...113-157 MPH
F3...158-206 MPH
F4...207-260 MPH
F5...261-318 MPH

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CORDERO/BEAMAN

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