A tornado touched down and moved northeast through parts of Calhoun and Pontotoc counties around 1:25am. As the tornado moved northeast, it destroyed mobile homes near Banner in Calhoun county. The worst damage was in the small town of Randolph in southwestern Pontotoc county. It was here that a 50 year old man was killed as his mobile home was destroyed by the fast-moving storm. An additional mobile home in Randolph was also destroyed but two adults and one child in the home all survived. The home was picked up by the tornado and wrapped around a tree (picture). Across Pontotoc county over 60 mobile homes, trailers, barns and sheds were either damaged or destroyed. Four people were seriously injured. The tornado was rated as an F1 on the Fujita scale of tornado intensity. The tornado's path was at least 6 miles long with the maximum width up to 400 yards wide.
The tornado began its destructive path west of the Ingomar community and moved northeast through Martintown and New Albany. The tornado slammed into the Martintown community between 3:30 and 3:45 am, destroying seventeen buildings and severely damaging more than 50 others. There were no fatalities in Union county, but seventeen people were injured, some seriously. The tornado weakened before striking New Albany, but some minor damage was reported in parts of the city.
Many residents of the county heard tornado warnings and called their friends and neighbors to alert them of the approaching storm. The tornado was rated an F3 on the Fujita scale. The total path length was at least 3 miles and varied in width from 25 yards up to almost 400 yards.