May 8, 2008
Storm Damage Survey


Storm reports from May 8, 2008

Storm Damage Photos from May 8, 2008 - Northeast Mississippi


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
521 PM CDT THU MAY 8 2008

...STORM DAMAGE SURVEY FOR MAY 8 2008 LAFAYETTE COUNTY TORNADO...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EMPLOYEE AND COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER
SURVEYED TORNADO DAMAGE NEAR ABBEVILLE MISSISSIPPI THIS AFTERNOON.
THIS TORNADO CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE TO NINE HOMES AND ONE MOBILE
HOME. NUMEROUS LARGE TREE BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED ALONG COUNTY
HIGHWAYS 244...296 AND 294. THE SURVEY TEAM ASSIGNED AN EF-0
DAMAGE RATING WITH AN ESTIMATED WIND SPEED OF 75 MILES PER HOUR.
THIS TORNADO HAD A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 50 YARDS AND A LENGTH OF TWO
AND ONE QUARTER MILES.

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OKULSKI

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
951 PM CDT THU MAY 8 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW DETERMINES EF3
TORNADO IN TUPELO MISSISSIPPI ON MAY 8TH 2008...

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED 1.5 MILES WEST OF THE TUPELO
REGIONAL AIRPORT AT 801 AM CDT.

THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST ACROSS NORTHERN LEE COUNTY MOVING JUST
NORTH OF THE TUPELO REGIONAL AIRPORT AROUND 803 AM CDT. THE TORNADO
CAUSED EF3 DAMAGE AT THE FURNITURE MARKET MISSISSIPPI BUILDING ON
COLEY ROAD AND CHESTERVILLE ROAD AROUND THIS SAME TIME. THE
TORNADO ALSO PRODUCED EF2 DAMAGE ON NORTH GLOSTER ROAD NEAR BARNES
CROSSING MALL. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED ALONG THE
TORNADO PATH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST AND CROSSED
U.S. HIGHWAY 45 WHERE IT STRUCK A FARM SUPPLY STORE. SEVERAL CARS
WERE DAMAGED BY FLYING DEBRIS...TRACTOR TRAILERS WERE OVERTURNED
AND PART OF THE SUPPLY STORE ROOF WAS TORN OFF.

THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST UPROOTING AND SNAPPING LARGE TREES AS
WELL AS PRODUCING MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES BEFORE
LIFTING 3 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF SALTILLO AT 819 AM CDT. NO
INJURIES OR FATALITIES WERE REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO.

THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS 9 MILES. THE MAXIMUM
WIDTH WAS 200 YARDS. THE MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS WERE AROUND 140
MPH.

A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR LEE COUNTY AT 751 AM CDT THROUGH
830 AM CDT. A TORNADO WATCH WAS ISSUED AT 804 AM CDT.

SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO LEE COUNTY EMA...LEE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE...
MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY...AMERICAN RED CROSS...AND
THE MANY CITIZENS ACROSS LEE COUNTY.

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ZEI/ROB/KNS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
957 PM CDT THU MAY 8 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY CREW DETERMINES EF2
TORNADO IN EXTREME NORTHWESTERN ITAWAMBA COUNTY MISSISSIPPI ON MAY
8TH 2008...

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED 4 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF
MARIETTA AT 842 AM CDT IN THE PALESTINE COMMUNITY.

NUMEROUS LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. SEVERAL HOMES HAD
PARTIAL ROOF DAMAGE. ONE HOME WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED WHEN A LARGE PART
OF ITS ROOF WAS TORN OFF.

NO INJURIES OR FATALITIES WERE REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO.

THE TORNADO LIFTED 5 MILES SOUTH OF MARIETTA AT 845 AM CDT.

THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS 2 MILES. THE MAXIMUM
WIDTH WAS 100 YARDS. THE MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS WERE AROUND 120
MPH.

A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED AT 826 AM CDT THROUGH 915 AM CDT FOR
NORTHERN ITAWAMBA COUNTY. A TORNADO WATCH WAS ISSUED AT 804 AM
CDT.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MANY CITIZENS OF THE PALESTINE MISSISSIPPI
COMMUNITY.

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ZEI/ROB/KNS

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