March 22, 2005
Storm Damage Survey


Storm reports from March 22, 2005

Survey photos




PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
520 PM CST WED MAR 23 2005

...NWS STORM ASSESSMENT COMPLETE FOR THE SEVERE STORMS OF MARCH
22ND...

DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS OF TUESDAY MARCH
22ND...SEVERAL SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED THE MIDSOUTH. THERE
WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF PENNY SIZE TO GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL ACROSS
THE REGION...ALONG WITH A FEW TORNADO REPORTS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WENT OUT INTO THE FIELD TODAY TO DETERMINE IF ANY DAMAGE WAS
RESULTED BY TORNADOES AND HOW STRONG THE TORNADOES WERE. AFTER A
THOROUGH SURVEY...THREE TORNADOES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED. TWO TOUCHED
DOWN IN DESOTO COUNTY WHILE THE OTHER ONE AFFECTED MISSISSIPPI
COUNTY. THE FOLLOWING IS A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE TORNADOES.

...DESOTO COUNTY MISSISSIPPI TORNADOES...

TWO TORNADO TRACKS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED AFTER THE STORM ASSESSMENT.
BOTH TORNADOES WERE PRODUCED BY THE SAME THUNDERSTORM AND OCCURRED
BETWEEN 510 AND 515 PM CST. THE FIRST TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN
ON MCNEIL ROAD ON THE SOUTHWEST EDGE OF THE CHEROKEE VALLEY GOLF
COURSE IN OLIVE BRANCH. THE TORNADO PRODUCED A BROKEN TRACK OF F-0
DAMAGE WITH MAINLY SMALL TREES...LARGE LIMBS...AND SOME SHINGLE
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO ALSO UPROOTED A FAIRLY LARGE SIZE OAK TREE ON
THE CHEROKEE VALLEY GOLF COURSE. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS FOUND TO
BUSINESSES ALONG NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 78 AND GOODMAN
ROAD. A CAR WASH AND A JIFFY LUBE RECEIVED DAMAGE AS THE TORNADO
BLEW OUT THE GLASS IN EACH BUILDING. THE PATH WIDTH RANGED FROM 75
YARDS 100 YARDS AND THE PATH LENGTH WAS JUST UNDER ONE MILE.

THE SECOND TORNADO CAUSED DAMAGE MAINLY IN THE ALEXANDRIA RIDGE
SUBDIVISION...TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE FIRST TORNADO. ONE HOUSE
SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO ITS ROOF. THE MAJOR DAMAGE WAS ISOLATED
TO ONLY THAT HOUSE...WITH OTHER HOUSES ONLY RECEIVING MINOR SHINGLE
AND FENCE DAMAGE. BASED ON THE DAMAGE TO THE ONE HOUSE...THE TORNADO
HAS BEEN RATED AN F-1. ANOTHER HOUSE NEARBY SUFFERED DAMAGE WHEN AN
AIR CONDITIONER WENT THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE HOUSE. A RESIDENT
INSIDE THE HOUSE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES TO HER ARM. THE PATH WIDTH
WAS VERY NARROW...REACHING 50 YARDS AT ITS MAXIMUM. THE PATH LENGTH
WAS 100 YARDS.

THE FIRST TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 414 PM FOR TUNICA AND DESOTO
COUNTIES. THE TORNADO WARNING WAS REISSUED FOR DESOTO COUNTY AT 500
PM. THIS GAVE UP TO ONE HOUR LEAD TIME IN ADVANCE OF THE FIRST
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN. THE ASSESSMENT TEAM WAS ABLE TO SPEAK WITH THE
NEIGHBORS OF THE HOUSE THAT WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED IN ALEXANDRIA
RIDGE. THEY TOLD THE TEAM THAT THEY RECEIVED THE WARNING ON NOAA
WEATHER RADIO WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE TORNADO AND SOUGHT SHELTER IN
AN INTERIOR CLOSET.


...MISSISSIPPI COUNTY ARKANSAS TORNADO...

ONE TORNADO TRACK HAD BEEN CONFIRMED BY A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
ASSESSMENT TEAM NEAR THE TOWN OF MARIE. THE BEGINNING AND ENDING
POINTS OF THIS PARTICULAR TORNADO ARE UNKNOWN SINCE IT IS BELIEVED
THAT THE TORNADO HAD TRACKED ACROSS OPEN FARM FIELDS BEFORE CAUSING
F-0 DAMAGE TO A COUPLE OF RESIDENCES ON HIGHWAY 119. THE PATH WIDTH
WAS APPROXIMATELY 75 TO 100 YARDS

BETWEEN 538 AND 545 PM CST...SEVERAL RESIDENTS OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
HAD TAKEN PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO OF A TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN NEAR
HIGHWAY 61 AND HIGHWAY 198...JUST SOUTH OF OSCEOLA. THE TORNADO
REMAINED OVER OPEN FIELD...SO NO PATH LENGTH CAN BE DETERMINED.
HOWEVER IT IS POSSIBLE THAT IT MAY BE THE SAME TORNADO THAT STRUCK
MARIE...ALTHOUGH IT CANNOT BE CONFIRMED.

THE FIRST TORNADO WARNING FOR MISSISSIPPI COUNTY ARKANSAS WAS ISSUED
AT 506 PM AND THE TORNADO WARNING WAS REISSUED AT 526 PM. THIS GAVE
UP TO 32 MINUTES LEAD TIME IN ADVANCE OF THE FIRST TORNADO
TOUCHDOWN.

...OTHER NOTES...

NO TORNADO WAS CONFIRMED IN MARKED TREE ARKANSAS IN POINSETT COUNTY.
NUMEROUS FUNNEL CLOUDS DID OCCUR WITHOUT ANY DAMAGE REPORTED.

...ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
SKYWARN SPOTTER NETWORK...LOCAL MEDIA...EMERGENCY MANAGERS...AND THE
GENERAL PUBLIC FOR THEIR TIMELY REPORTS DURING THE SEVERE WEATHER
EVENT. THESE REPORTS HELPED ALL OF US TO WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE LIVES.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEND A SPECIAL
THANKS TO ADAM PAYNE...DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT CHEROKEE VALLEY GOLF
COURSE....AND TO JERRY AND MARY FRANCES CULLEN FOR ALLOWING THE
STORM TEAM TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE EXPERIENCED TO THEIR PROPERTY. THEIR
COOPERATION ALLOWED THE TEAM TO COMPLETE A MORE THOROUGH REPORT.

...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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