March 9, 2006
Storm Damage Surveys and Survey Photos

 


 

Cross County, AR Storm reports from March 9, 2006

Sardis, MS Storm reports from March 9, 2006

Survey photos


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
330 PM CST FRI MAR 10 2006

...MEMPHIS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM DAMAGE SURVEY COMPLETED
ACROSS WESTERN CROSS COUNTY WITH F2 TORNADO DAMAGE OBSERVED...

A MEMPHIS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM INVESTIGATED AN AREA
OF THUNDERSTORM DAMAGE ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF CROSS COUNTY. THE
STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT THIS DAMAGE RESULTED FROM A
TORNADO THAT MOVED OUT OF WOODRUFF COUNTY TO THE WEST AND INTO
WESTERN PORTIONS OF CROSS COUNTY. F0 TO F1 TORNADO DAMAGE WAS NOTED
FROM THE WOODRUFF AND CROSS COUNTY LINE NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY
49...BETWEEN FAIR OAKS AND TILTON ARKANSAS. SEVERAL AREAS OF SNAPPED
AND UPROOTED LARGE TREES...SNAPPED POWERPOLES AND DOWNED
POWERLINES...ALONG WITH PIECES OF CORROGATED METAL AND OTHER DEBRIS
WAS OBSERVED ALONG A NEARLY CONTINUOUS TRACK FOR APPROXIMATELY 6.5
MILES ACROSS WESTERN CROSS COUNTY. THE AVERAGE TORNADO PATH WIDTH
WAS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 20 AND 50 YARDS WIDE. THE TORNADO FINALLY
DISSAPATED IMMEDIATELY EAST OF HIGHWAY 193...APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES
NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 64.

THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO FIVE HOUSES...SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS
AND BARNS...AND MOTOR VEHICLES ALONG THE PATH. IN ADDITION...A
MOBILE HOME SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 364 WAS DISPLACED APPROXIMATELY 100
FEET FROM ITS FOUNDATION AND WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED. A WOMAN THAT RODE
THE STORM OUT IN THE MOBILE HOME WAS BADLY INJURED. ANOTHER PERSON
IN CROSS COUNTY WAS ALSO INJURED BRINGING THE TOTAL OF INJURED
PERSONS TO TWO ACROSS CROSS COUNTY. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
OCCURRED AT THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS 128 AND 143. AT THIS
LOCATION...A LARGE METAL STORAGE SHED WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED WITH ITS
ROOF REMOVED AND SEVERAL LARGE STEEL CROSS BEAMS TWISTED. THE SURVEY
TEAM RATED THIS AREA OF DAMAGE AS F2 ON THE FUJITA TORNADO INTENSITY
SCALE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF
THE LOCAL CITIZENS IN THE FAIR OAKS AND TILTON ARKANSAS AREAS OF
WESTERN CROSS COUNTY FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY. IN
ADDITION...WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK JOHN ROBINSON WITH THE LITTLE ROCK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND CROSS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR
PROVIDING DETAILED DAMAGE PATH INFORMATION.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED LATER CONCERNING STORM DAMAGE
OBSERVED ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH MISSISSIPPI.

$$

JLH/RJO

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
330 PM CST FRI MAR 10 2006

...F1 TORNADO STRIKES SARDIS MISSISSIPPI...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM DETERMINED THAT
TORNADIC WINDS OF UP TO 100 MPH MOVED THROUGH PARTS OF PANOLA COUNTY
MISSISSIPPI YESTERDAY. THE STORM PRODUCED A TORNADO THAT TOUCHED
DOWN SEVERAL TIMES AS IT RACED THROUGH DOWNTOWN SARDIS AT
APPROXIMATELY 100 PM. 10 TO 15 HOMES WERE DAMAGED ALONG WITH SEVERAL
BUSINESSES WITH AT LEAST 5 HOMES TOTALLY DESTROYED. FORTUNATELY
THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO. A TORNADO WARNING
WAS ISSUED FOR PANOLA COUNTY AT 1236 PM.

MINOR DAMAGE WAS REPORTED IN RIPLEY MISSISSIPPI WITH NUMEROUS TREES
DOWN ACROSS TIPPAH COUNTY. POWER LINES WERE ALSO REPORTED DOWN. THIS
DAMAGE WAS DUE TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

IN MCNAIRY COUNTY TENNESSEE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF UP TO 100 MPH
DESTROYED 2 BARNS AND CAUSED DAMAGE TO ROOFS OF TWO HOUSES. NUMEROUS
TREES WERE ALSO BLOWN DOWN IN THE PATH OF THE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.
THE DAMAGE PATH WAS ABOUT 100 YARDS WIDE AND 100 YARDS IN LENGTH.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE THE THANK PANOLA COUNTY EMA
WILLIAM HUDSON, SARDIS POLICE CHIEF MIKE DAVIS, TIPPAH COUNTY EMA
TOM LINDSAY AND MCNAIRY COUNTY EMA RUDY MOORE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE
IN CONDUCTING THESE SURVEYS.

$$

JRA/BLM

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