July 30, 2009
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Outbreak Map - July 30, 2009

Phillips County tornado track map



...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN ARKANSAS AND PHILLIPS COUNTY IN ARKANSAS
AND COAHOMA COUNTY IN MISSISSIPPI...

A STORM SURVEY CONDUCTED TODAY CONFIRMED THAT A TORNADO OCCURRED ON
THURSDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 330 PM CDT. THE TORNADO BEGAN IN ARKANSAS
COUNTY 5.2 MILES SOUTH OF TICHNOR...AND WENT INTO PHILLIPS
COUNTY...AND INTO BURKE LANDING IN MISSISSIPPI ACROSS FROM JACKSON
POINT ARKANSAS...AND FINALLY CROSSED BACK INTO PHILLIPS COUNTY 2
MILES EAST OF ELAINE WHERE THE PATH ENDED. THIS WAS A PATH LENGTH OF
32.1 MILES.

ABOUT ONE THOUSAND TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF IN THE WHITE RIVER
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. THERE WAS STRUCTURAL DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED
AT MOSBY...AND JACKSON POINT IN ARKANSAS...AND AT BURKE LANDING IN
MISSISSIPPI. THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF2...WITH WINDS OF 111 TO
135 MPH.

THE STORM SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BY JOHN ROBINSON...WARNING
COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...GARY HEIFNER...ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK...AND ALSO JIM
BELLES...METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
IN MEMPHIS.

SPECIAL THANKS TO PADGETT AG AIR IN ETHEL ARKANSAS WHO FLEW THE PATH
OF THE TORNADO AND JOHNNY TARZI...THE COAHOMA COUNTY EMERGENCY
MANAGER.

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shelby county tornado track map



...EF-1 TORNADO DAMAGE IN SHELBY COUNTY TENNESSEE...

A COUPLE OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAMS SURVEYED THE
DAMAGE FROM A TORNADO IN CORDOVA...TENNESSEE...FROM
THURSDAY/JULY 30/. THE TORNADO IS RATED AS AN EF-1 WITH WINDS
AROUND 100 MPH.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF INTERSTATE 40 AND APPLING
ROAD. IT DAMAGED A COUPLE OF BASEBALL FIELDS AND THEN PROCEEDED
INTO THE WOODS DAMAGING TREES. IT THEN MOVED NORTHEAST JUST SOUTH
OF INTERSTATE 40 INTO A SHOPPING AREA AND DAMAGED SEVERAL
BUSINESSES. THE TORNADO CROSSED GERMANTOWN PARKWAY DAMAGING A
MOTEL...RESTAURANT AND GAS STATION BEFORE MOVING INTO A
RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD. DAMAGE TO SOME HOMES WAS ALSO OBSERVED
ALONG WITH UPROOTED AND SNAPPED TREES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE
NORTHEAST INTO A GOLF COURSE. THE COURSE HAD DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS
TREES...FENCES..AND ONE SMALL BUILDING. THE TORNADO ENDED NEAR THE
CENTER OF THE GOLF COURSE.

THE PATH WAS 2.1 MILES LONG AND THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF THE TORNADO
WAS 250 YARDS. THE MAXIMUM WIND SPEED WAS BETWEEN 90 AND 100 MPH.

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TLSJR/JAB/JEB/ZEI/MMR

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Henderson County Tornado tracks map




...EF-1 TORNADO DAMAGE IN HENDERSON COUNTY TENNESSEE...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM RATED TORNADO DAMAGE IN
HENDERSON COUNTY TODAY. THE TEAM FOUND TWO TORNADO DAMAGE TRACKS
ALONG WITH STRAIGHT WIND DAMAGE.

THE FIRST TRACK RAN FROM NEAR MILLS AND DARDEN ROADS TO OLD
JACKSON ROAD. DAMAGE INCLUDED ONE OUTBUILDING DESTROYED...A
SECOND OUTBUILDING DAMAGED...LARGE TREES LIMBS BROKEN...POWER
LINES DOWN AND A MOBILE HOME SHOVED INTO A POWER POLE. THE TEAM
RATED THE TORNADO AS EF-1 DAMAGE WITH PEAK WIND GUSTS TO 90 MPH.
THE TORNADO WIDTH WAS 100 YARDS AND THE LENGTH WAS FOUR MILES.

THE SECOND TRACK IMPACTED THE TOWN OF WILDERSVILLE NEAR WEBB ROAD.
DAMAGE INCLUDED SHINGLES REMOVED FROM A CHURCH...SIGNIFICANT
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A SHED NEXT TO THE CHURCH...TREE LIMB DAMAGE
AND A BROKEN POWER POLE. THE TEAM RATED THIS TORNADO AS EF-0
DAMAGE WITH PEAK GUSTS TO 80 MPH. THE TORNADO WIDTH WAS 30 YARDS
AND LENGTH WAS 200 YARDS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS THE HENDERSON COUNTY EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY.

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OKULSKI

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Desoto County Tornado track map


...ADDITIONAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY DETERMINES AN
EF2 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN OLIVE BRANCH MISSISSIPPI ON THURSDAY 30
JULY 2009...

THIS IS AN UPGRADE FROM THE EF1 STATUS THAT WAS INITIALLY DETERMINED.

THE TOUCHDOWN STARTED AT 500 PM CDT FOUR TENTHS OF A MILE SOUTH OF
HIGHWAY 305 AND COLLEGE ROAD...BETWEEN OLIVE BRANCH AND LEWISBURG.
THE TORNADO HAD A NON CONTINUOUS TRACK TO THE NORTHEAST FOR 5.8
MILES...ENDING ONE THIRD OF A MILE EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF
CENTER HILL ROAD AND KNIGHTSBRIDGE ROAD. IT IS ESTIMATED THE MAXIMUM
WIDTH WAS ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF A MILE...WHILE THE MAXIMUM ESTIMATED
WINDS WERE 115 MPH.

THERE ARE SEVERAL SUBDIVISION IN SOUTHEAST OLIVE BRANCH THAT WERE
HARDEST HIT...WITH NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN...SOME WHICH
HAVE FALLEN ON HOUSES. AT LEAST ONE HOME SUSTAINED EF2
DAMAGE...NUMEROUS OTHERS WITH HIGH END EF1 DAMAGE. NUMEROUS HOMES
HAVE SUBSTANTIAL ROOF OR SHINGLE DAMAGE AS WELL. THE DESOTO COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTS NO INJURIES.

THE TORNADO FORMED IN A WARM...UNSTABLE AIRMASS IN THE SOUTHEAST
QUADRANT OF SURFACE LOW PRESSURE...SUPPORTED BY AN UPPER LEVEL
DISTURBANCE MOVING OUT OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS.

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DSV

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Lauderdale tornado track map
...EF-0 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SOUTHEAST LAUDERDALE COUNTY TENNESSEE...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY CONDUCTED TODAY CONFIRMED
THAT A TORNADO OCCURRED DURING THE AFTERNOON OF THURSDAY JULY 30
2009 AROUND 501 PM CDT. THE TORNADO BEGAN JUST NORTH OF THE
INTERSECTION OF QUEENS CROSSING ROAD AND MOORER ROAD. THE TORNADO
REMAINED ON THE GROUND FOR APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE BEFORE CROSSING
BACK ACROSS QUEENS CROSSING ROAD INTO A CORN FIELD AND ENDING. THE
TOTAL TORNADO PATH LENGTH WAS 1/4 MILE WITH A MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH OF
200 YARDS.

SEVERAL TREE TOPS WERE TWISTED OFF ALONG THE TORNADO PATH ALONG WITH
DAMAGE TO CORN CROPS IN A FIELD EAST OF QUEENS CROSSING ROAD. IT HAS
BEEN DETERMINED THAT MAXIMUM WIND GUSTS WERE 75 MPH.

SPECIAL THANKS TO STORM SPOTTERS IN SOUTHEASTERN LAUDERDALE COUNTY
FOR REPORTING THE DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS.

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DSV/WER/MMR/JLH
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Poinsett tornado path
...EF-0 TORNADO DAMAGE IN POINSETT COUNTY ON THURSDAY JULY 30TH...

POINSETT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE CONDUCTED A REVIEW OF TORNADO DAMAGE SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH OF
HARRISBURG ON JULY 30TH. THE DAMAGE EXTENDED FROM HIGHWAY 214
THROUGH W.D. THOMAS ROAD TO NEAR HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF HARRISBURG.
THE TORNADO DAMAGED THE ROOFS ON OUTBUILDINGS AND A GRAIN
SILO...BROKE A POWER POLE...SNAPPED SEVERAL TREES AND CAUSED
AUTOMOBILE WINDOW DAMAGE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RATED THIS TORNADO TRACK AS EF-0
DAMAGE WITH TOP WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH. THE TORNADO TRACK LENGTH WAS
THREE MILES AND THE TRACK WIDTH WAS 150 YARDS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS POINSETT COUNTY EMERGENCY
MANAGER FRANK KRAFT FOR HIS INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE IN THIS SURVEY.

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OKULSKI
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