February 5, 2008
Storm Damage Survey


Storm reports from February 5, 2008

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PRELIMINARY Tornado Track Map

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
900 PM CST TUE FEB 12 2008

...MADISON AND CARROLL COUNTY STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY...
...EF4 DAMAGE RATING AT UNION UNIVERSITY IN JACKSON TENNESSEE...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY OF MADISON
COUNTY...INCLUDING UNION UNIVERSITY IN JACKSON TENNESSEE...AND
CARROLL COUNTY. IN ADDITION...THE TEAM REVIEWED AERIAL SURVEY
FOOTAGE CONDUCTED BY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS.

BASED ON THESE SURVEYS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONCLUDED THERE
WERE THREE TORNADO SEGMENTS IN MADISON COUNTY AND ONE SEGMENT IN
CARROLL COUNTY.

THE FIRST SEGMENT WAS EF-3 DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 160 MPH. THIS
TORNADO WAS UP TO 3/4 OF A MILE WIDE AND 5 MILES IN LENGTH. NUMEROUS
HOMES...A CHURCH AND AN INTERSTATE 40 REST AREA WERE DAMAGED. EIGHT
SEMI TRACTOR TRAILERS WERE BLOWN OFF INTERSTATE 40 DURING THE
TORNADO/S PASSAGE.

THE SECOND SEGMENT CAUSED TREMENDOUS DAMAGE AT UNION UNIVERSITY
AND BUILDINGS NEAR THE U.S. HIGHWAY 45 BYPASS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE RATED THIS TORNADO SEGMENT AS EF-4 DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 170
MPH. THE PATH WAS UP TO 125 YARDS WIDE AND 11 MILES LONG. IN
ADDITION...EF-3 DAMAGE WAS NOTED 5 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF FAIRVIEW.

A THIRD SEGMENT INDICATED A BRIEF EF-2 TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN SPRING
CREEK ALONG HIGHWAY 152...APPROXIMATELY 1/4 OF A MILE WEST OF
HIGHWAY 70. ONE HOME SUFFERED TOTAL ROOF LOSS AND PARTIAL FAILURE OF
THE FRONT EXTERIOR WALL. THREE ADDITIONAL HOMES RECEIVED EXTENSIVE
ROOF DAMAGE. LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. WINDS WERE
ESTIMATED AT 125 MILES AN HOUR WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 150 YARDS.

A FOURTH AND FINAL EF-0 TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ONE MILE WEST
SOUTHWEST OF CEDAR GROVE IN CARROLL COUNTY...ALONG ROGER FRYE ROAD.
TREES WERE DOWNED AND SNAPPED IN A SMALL WOODED AREA. MAXIMUM WINDS
SPEED WAS 65 MILES AN HOUR WITH A WIDTH OF 25 YARDS.

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DSV/JCL/RJO

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
755 PM CST FRI FEB 8 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW DETERMINES EF-1
TORNADO IN NORTHWEST RANDOLPH COUNTY IN ARKANSAS THAT OCCURRED
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5 2008...

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ONE MILE WEST NORTHWEST OF
DALTON ARKANSAS AROUND 720 PM CST. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST FOR 9
MILES ON A NON-CONTINUOUS PATH WITH THE LAST TOUCHDOWN NEAR WARM
SPRINGS ARKANSAS. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS AROUND 200 YARDS. THE
TORNADO WAS DETERMINED TO BE AN EF1 WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS NEAR
110 MILES AN HOUR. THERE WERE 4 MINOR INJURIES.

THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ONE MILE WEST-NORTHWEST OF DALTON AND
DESTROYED ONE HOME. MINOR DAMAGE OCCURRED TO ANOTHER HOUSE AND A
DETACHED GARAGE WITH LIVING QUARTERS ABOVE IT.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN NEAR THE BLACKWELL COMMUNITY 3 MILES
NORTHEAST OF DALTON. A MANUFACTURED HOME WAS MOVED OFF ITS
FOUNDATION WITH AN OUTBUILDING TOTALLY DESTROYED.

ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF DALTON MOVING A
CABIN OFF ITS BLOCK FOUNDATION.

A FOURTH TOUCHDOWN WAS NOTED 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF DALTON. THREE
HOMES HAD MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE. IN ADDITION...A LARGE METAL BUILDING
HAD SEVERE DAMAGE.

TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED NEAR WARM SPRINGS INDICATING ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE RANDOLPH COUNTY O.E.M. COORDINATOR FOR
ASSISTING IN THE STORM DAMAGE SURVEY.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
141 PM CST FRI FEB 8 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY FINDINGS ON TORNADO
DAMAGE IN TIPPAH...ALCORN AND MCNAIRY COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM HAS DETERMINED THAT
TORNADO DAMAGE OCCURRED OVER PORTIONS OF TIPPAH AND ALCORN COUNTIES
IN NORTH MISSISSIPPI AND IN MCNAIRY COUNTY IN WEST TENNESSEE. THE
TORNADO WAS NOT CONTINUOUSLY ON THE GROUND MAKING SHORT TOUCHDOWNS
AND RETREATING BACK INTO THE AIR.

IN TIPPAH COUNTY...THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED JUST SOUTH OF
CHALYBEATE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 225 AND COUNTY ROAD
222. MANY TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN THE AREA. ONE TREE KNOCKED DOWN
HALF OF A BRICK CHIMNEY ON A HOUSE LOCATED ON COUNTY ROAD 222-A. A
COUPLE OF MOBILE HOMES IN THE AREA WERE ALSO DAMAGED. THE TORNADO WAS
RATED AN EF-0 IN THIS AREA WITH WINDS SPEEDS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND
60 MPH. THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 50
YARDS.

IN ALCORN COUNTY...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN IN THE COMMUNITY
OF UNION CENTER WHICH IS ABOUT ONE MILE WEST OF THE TOWN OF THEO. AT
LEAST ONE MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED AND SEVERAL OTHER NEARBY MOBILE
HOMES WERE ALSO DAMAGED. NUMEROUS TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN THE
VICINITY. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF-1 IN THE THIS AREA WITH WIND
SPEEDS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 90 MPH. THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS
ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 100 YARDS.

IN MCNAIRY COUNTY...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR HIGHWAY 57 JUST
EAST OF RAMER. SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN IN THE AREA. THE
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN IN THE TOWN OF EASTVIEW. ONE BUSINESS
WAS DESTROYED AND A SECOND BUSINESS WAS DAMAGED ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY
45. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND TRAVELED THROUGH A FORESTED
AREA WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
ACROSS HIGHWAY 142. TWO HOMES RECEIVED ROOF DAMAGED AND ONE MOBILE
HOME WAS DESTROYED IN THE AREA. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF-1 WITH
WINDS SPEEDS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 105 MPH. THE WIDTH OF THE
TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 150 YARDS.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
941 PM CST THU FEB 7 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY DETERMINES EF-4 TORNADO IN
HARDIN COUNTY...

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED WEST OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COFFEE LANDING ROAD AND TOWBOAT LANE ABOUT
740 PM CST. THE TORNADO THEN QUICKLY RACED NORTHEAST CAUSING
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO HOMES AND TREES JUST EAST OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER
NEAR THE OAK GROVE AND SWIFT COMMUNITIES. NEARLY 35 TO 50 HOMES
WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ALONG THIS PATH.

THREE DEATHS OCCURRED IN MOBILE HOMES ONCE THE TORNADO REACHED NEAR
THE SWIFT COMMUNITY.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 114 AND 128 AROUND 757 PM CST.

THE PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS 15 MILES. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS
ONE HALF MILE. THE HIGHEST ESTIMATED WINDS WERE AROUND 170 MPH.

A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 655 TO 730 PM CST AND 725 TO
800 PM CST FOR HARDIN COUNTY. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT AS WELL.

SPECIAL THANKS TO LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND FIRE
DEPARTMENTS FOR PINPOINTING THE LOCATIONS OF DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE.

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TAB/ARS/JCL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1040 PM CST WED FEB 6 2008

...DAMAGE SURVEY DETERMINES EF-3 TORNADO ACROSS FAR NORTHERN FAYETTE
COUNTY...

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED NEAR AKIN ROAD ABOUT 3 MILES
SOUTHEAST OF HEBRON OR 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF EXIT 42 OFF OF
INTERSTATE 40 AROUND 625 PM CST. THE TORNADO DOWNED NUMEROUS
LARGE TREES AND SEVERAL POWER LINES AS IT HEADED NORTHEAST.

ONCE THE TORNADO APPROACHED YUM YUM ROAD...IT DESTROYED A SHED...
KILLING A MAN THAT WAS SITTING IN A PICKUP TRUCK INSIDE THE SHED.
THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST TWISTING AND DOWNING TREES
BEFORE LIFTING AROUND 627 PM CST.

THE PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS ABOUT 2 MILES. THE MAXIMUM
WIDTH WAS 500 FEET. THE HIGHEST ESTIMATED WINDS WERE AROUND 140 MPH.

A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 601 PM CST TO 645 PM CST FOR
FAYETTE COUNTY. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT AS WELL.

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MBS
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
657 PM CST WED FEB 6 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW DETERMINES EF-2
TORNADO IN NORTHEAST SHELBY COUNTY AND SOUTHEAST TIPTON COUNTY
TENNESSEE...

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ONE QUARTER MILE EAST OF THE
BRUNSWICK ROAD INTERCHANGE ALONG HIGHWAY 385 IN THE SALEM ESTATES
SUBDIVISION. THE ROOF OF ONE HOME WAS PARTIALLY REMOVED ALONG WITH
SEVERAL BLOWN OUT WINDOWS. SOME MINOR TREE DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED
ALONG THIS PORTION OF THE TORNADO TRACK AND THE TORNADO IN THIS AREA
HAS BEEN RATED AS AN EF-0 WITH WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 80 AND
85 MPH. THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY
25 YARDS.

THE TORNADO TRACK WAS NON-CONTINUOUS FOR THE NEXT 6 MILES WITH
SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE. SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE...ALONG WITH 2
COLLAPSED...AND 1 TWISTED POWER LINE SUPPORT TOWERS WERE OBSERVED.
THIS DAMAGE WAS ALONG MOOSE ROAD NEAR WEST BEAVER CREEK WITH A WIDTH
OF 100 TO 150 YARDS. DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS CONSISTENT WITH LOW END
EF-2 DAMAGE WHERE WINDS SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 120 MPH.

THE TORNADO TRAVELED AN ADDITIONAL 3 MILES CONTINUOUSLY TOWARDS THE
NORTHEAST. EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG STAFFORD ROAD WHERE
LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. IN ADDITION...2 LARGE AND
WELL CONSTRUCTED NEW HOMES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED. THE FIRST HOME HAD
GREATER THAN 50% OF ITS ROOF REMOVED ALONG WITH ALL WINDOWS BLOWN
OUT. BRICK WAS ALSO DISLODGED FROM PORTIONS OF THE STRUCTURE. THE
SECOND HOME RECEIVED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE WITH THE ENTIRE SECOND STORY
REMOVED. INSIDE WALLS WERE COMPROMISED AND DEBRIS DEPOSITED INSIDE
THE HOUSE AND ALSO INTO THE FRONT YARD. MOST WINDOWS WERE ALSO BLOWN
OUT. THIS PORTION OF THE TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED EF-2 WITH WINDS
ESTIMATED AT AROUND 125 MPH AND A WIDTH OF 100 TO 150 YARDS. ONE
MINOR INJURY OCCURRED WITHIN THIS SEGMENT OF THE TORNADO. THIS
PORTION OF THE TORNADO TRACK EXPERIENCED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
ALONG ITS PATH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST ACROSS MACEDONIA ROAD PRODUCING
ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR DAMAGE TO 1 HOME AND A MOBILE HOME.
ADDITIONAL TORNADO DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ALONG HUGHES ROAD WHERE 5
HOMES SUSTAINED LIGHT TO MODERATE DAMAGE. ONE OF THE HOMES HAD
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO PORTIONS OF THE ROOF AND ADJOINING UPPER
LEVELS. THE OTHER 4 HOMES HAD DAMAGE TO THEIR ROOFS AND WINDOWS.
LARGE TREES...SOME UP TO 3 FEET IN DIAMETER WERE SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED. DAMAGE IN THIS SECTION OF THE TORNADO TRACK HAVE BEEN
RATED HIGH END EF-1 WITH WINDS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 100 AND 110 MPH AND
A WIDTH OF 50 YARDS.

THE TORNADO THEN TRAVELED NON-CONTINUOUSLY INTO SOUTHEAST TIPTON
COUNTY AND RESULTED IN MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE...DOWNED UTILITY
POLES...AND TREE DAMAGE AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 59 AND
PICKENS STORE ROAD. TORNADO DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE EF-0 WITH
WINDS ESTIMATED AT AROUND 75 MPH. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED SHORTLY
THEREAFTER.

SPECIAL THANKS TO SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFFS AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS...THE
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION...ARLINGTON CITY
OFFICIALS...AND LOCAL CITIZENS FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION REGARDING
LOCATIONS OF DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

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CG/JKT/JLH

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
640 PM CST WED FEB 6 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW DETERMINES TWO
TORNADOES IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI...

TWO TORNADOES OCCURRED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY ON THE EVENING OF
FEBRUARY 5. THE TORNADOES WERE RATED EF1 AND EF3.

THE EF1 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF
OXFORD...SNAPPING OR UPROOTING MANY TREES AND DAMAGING A HOME AND
OUTBUILDINGS. THE TORNADO MADE MULTIPLE TOUCHDOWNS ON ITS NORTHEAST
PATH OVER A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 7 MILES. A FEW STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED
ALONG THE INTERMITTENT TRACK.

THE EF3 TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN AN INDUSTRIAL AREA ABOUT 4
MILES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN OXFORD. THE TORNADO HEAVILY DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED SEVERAL BUILDINGS. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND
REMAINED ON THE GROUND FOR ABOUT 8 MILES. THE TORNADO DESTROYED OR
DAMAGED NUMEROUS HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS AT ONE POINT NEARLY A HALF
MILE WIDE. THE WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 150-160 MPH.


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DRB/NRR/TLSJR

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
605 PM CST WED FEB 6 2008

...MADISON COUNTY STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY RESULTS...
...EF4 DAMAGE RATING AT UNION UNIVERSITY IN JACKSON TENNESSEE...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY OF UNION
UNIVERSITY IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE. IN ADDITION...THE TEAM REVIEWED
AERIAL SURVEY FOOTAGE CONDUCTED BY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS.

BASED ON THESE SURVEYS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONCLUDED
THERE WERE THREE TORNADO SEGMENTS IN MADISON COUNTY. THE FIRST
SEGMENT WAS EF3 DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 150 MPH. THIS TORNADO WAS UP
TO 200 YARDS WIDE AND 5 MILES IN LENGTH. NUMEROUS HOMES...A CHURCH
AND AN INTERSTATE 40 REST AREA WERE DAMAGED. EIGHT SEMI TRACTOR
TRAILERS WERE BLOWN OFF INTERSTATE 40 DURING THE TORNADO/S PASSAGE.

THE SECOND SEGMENT CAUSED TREMENDOUS DAMAGE AT UNION UNIVERSITY
AND BUILDINGS NEAR THE U.S. HIGHWAY 45 BYPASS. THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE RATED THIS TORNADO SEGMENT AS EF4 DAMAGE WITH
WINDS OF 170 MPH. THE PATH WAS UP TO 125 YARDS WIDE AND 2 1/2 MILES
LONG.

A THIRD SEGMENT IMPACTED AREAS NORTHEAST OF JACKSON. NUMEROUS
HOMES AND A FIRE STATION WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED. THIS TORNADO
RECEIVED AN EF3 RATING WITH WINDS TO 145 MPH. IT ALSO WAS UP TO
100 YARDS WIDE AND 2 MILES LONG.

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RJO/HJK/JAF

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