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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 11.97 Miles
-- Width 600 Yards
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area FORREST
WFO JAN
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-05-15 09:09:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 6NNW ROCK HILL
Begin Lat/Lon 31.17/-89.35
End Date 2008-05-15 09:24:00.0 CST-6
End Location 1E RAGLAND
End Lat/Lon 31.22/-89.16
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 700.00K
Crop Damage 500.00K
Episode Narrative Multiple rounds of storms evolved over the region starting late on the 14th and lasted through the 15th. This produced several areas of heavy rainfall across the forecast area. The region that experienced the greatest rainfall was across Northeast Louisiana, and West Central Mississippi where 5 to 8 inches fell. The other area of heavy rain was along Interstate 20, through Central and East Central Mississippi. Here, 3 to 6 inches fell. All this heavy rain resulted in flash flooding across the area. The severe weather was more scattered in nature, but what did occur was mainly damaging winds and located across the southern half of the area.
Event Narrative This tornado began on the east side of Purvis, here it downed some limbs and small trees. The tornado intensified and widened at it approached and crossed Interstate 59 near Black Creek. Numerous trees and large limbs were snapped along the path as it moved through the area between the interstate and Highway 49. Additionally, a couple homes and outbuildings were damaged by limbs or trees falling on them. The tornado intensified again and narrowed as it approached Highway 49 and the south gate of Camp Shelby. A number of large trees were downed along the highway, and from there to the actual gate of Camp Shelby. One large tree fell on a mobile home on the east side of Highway 49, destroying it. Shingles were pulled off a couple commercial buildings along the highway as well and 2 power poles were snapped. This area was where the tornado reached its maximum intensity. As the tornado moved across Camp Shelby, it remained narrow, but not as intense, with winds likely in the 70 to 80 mph range. The tornado downed numerous large limbs and sporadic trees as it moved across the base. One large tree fell on base quarters home, causing serious damage to it, and another tree fell on a vehicle, destroying it. Some other minor roof damage was noted. The tornado continued causing sporadic tree damage as it crossed Highway 98 near the Perry County line where it dissipated. Maximum winds were around 105 mph. The total path length across Lamar and Forrest Counties was 15 miles.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 2.911M 2.900M
LINGLE SMITH CO. MS 05/14/2008 14:46 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURNS SMITH CO. MS 05/14/2008 14:49 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONTROSE JASPER CO. MS 05/14/2008 15:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 8.00K 0.00K
STAR RANKIN CO. MS 05/15/2008 02:05 CST-6 Lightning 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
GLEN ALLAN WASHINGTON CO. MS 05/15/2008 03:20 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 1.000M 500.00K
BELZONI HUMPHREYS CO. MS 05/15/2008 03:35 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 700.00K
MAYERSVILLE ISSAQUENA CO. MS 05/15/2008 04:35 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 200.00K 300.00K
ROLLING FORK SHARKEY CO. MS 05/15/2008 04:35 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 600.00K 600.00K
BAYLAND YAZOO CO. MS 05/15/2008 06:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 15.00K 300.00K
NOGAN HINDS CO. MS 05/15/2008 06:50 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
FITLER ISSAQUENA CO. MS 05/15/2008 06:55 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
RIDGELAND MADISON CO. MS 05/15/2008 07:15 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
LORENA SMITH CO. MS 05/15/2008 08:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
MORTON SCOTT CO. MS 05/15/2008 08:10 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
CHERAW MARION CO. MS 05/15/2008 08:27 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLUNTS NEWTON CO. MS 05/15/2008 08:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
GLUCKSTADT MADISON CO. MS 05/15/2008 08:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PURVIS LAMAR CO. MS 05/15/2008 09:05 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
ROCK HILL FORREST CO. MS 05/15/2008 09:09 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 700.00K 500.00K
MC LAURIN FORREST CO. MS 05/15/2008 09:15 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 80.00K 0.00K
PETAL FORREST CO. MS 05/15/2008 09:19 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 2.911M 2.900M