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Event Tornado
-- Scale EF4
-- Length 34.85 Miles
-- Width 3080 Yards
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area YAZOO
WFO JAN
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2010-04-24 10:53:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 5WSW ENOLA
Begin Lat/Lon 32.7/-90.68
End Date 2010-04-24 11:33:00.0 CST-6
End Location 3NNW FORDYKE
End Lat/Lon 32.95/-90.15
Deaths Direct/Indirect 4/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 53/0
Property Damage 140.00M
Crop Damage 4.00M
Episode Narrative During the midday hours of April 24th, an intense supercell thunderstorm produced a violent, long track tornado, which ripped a path across the center of the NWS Jackson, MS forecast area. This tornado touched down just south of I-20, west of Tallulah, in Madison Parish. The tornado intensified quickly and became large as it tracked at a fast pace to the northeast. The tornado moved at roughly 55 mph and was on the ground for 149 miles. The actual time on the ground was 2 hours and 44 minutes. The tornado touched 9 counties/parishes along it's path with the most significant damage occurring in Madison Parish, Warren, Yazoo, Holmes, Attala and Choctaw Counties. A great deal of the damage was in the EF2 and EF3 range with a couple locations of EF4 damage in Yazoo and Holmes Counties. Maximum winds peaked around 170 mph. Overall, 10 fatalities occurred along with 146 injuries. Five fatalities occurred in Choctaw County, 4 in Yazoo County, and 1 in Holmes County.
As we try and put this tornado into perspective for the state of Mississippi, this long track tornado ranks as the 4th longest in Mississippi history at 149 miles. It is the widest known tornado with a maximum width of 1.75 miles. It also ranks as the 9th deadliest tornado with 10 fatalities, making it the most deadly since November 21st 1992. Lastly, this was the first violent tornado (F4 or greater) in the month of April since April 18th, 1978.
Event Narrative The tornado moved out of extreme southeast Sharkey County and into west central Yazoo County and gained intensity as it tracked northeast. The tornado caused significant home damage northwest of Satartia, and again as it crossed Highway 3 near the Crupp Community. The tornado then moved through a rural area southwest of Yazoo City, causing major damage or destruction of a number of homes, as well as intense tree damage. As the tornado approached the intersection of US Highway 49 and Highway 16, on the south side of Yazoo City, it reached its widest point and maximum intensity. Here the rating peaked at EF4 with maximum winds around 170 mph. The tornado had a maximum width of 1.75 miles. Several buildings, including a church and several businesses, were totally destroyed. The tornado continued moving through residential areas on the southeast side of Yazoo City, heavily damaging or destroying numerous homes. The tornado continued northeast through rural northeastern Yazoo County before it tracked into Holmes County.
A total of four fatalities occurred in Yazoo County. All of the fatalities were individuals who were in mobile homes.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 64 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death 51 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death 31 Female Mobile/Trailer Home
Death 79 Female Mobile/Trailer Home


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 10 130 351.035M 22.520M
BRUNSWICK WARREN CO. MS 04/24/2010 10:25 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 2 920.00K 500.00K
HARDEE ISSAQUENA CO. MS 04/24/2010 10:32 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 100.00K 2.000M
LUCRE SHARKEY CO. MS 04/24/2010 10:48 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 0.00K 2.000M
ENOLA YAZOO CO. MS 04/24/2010 10:53 CST-6 Tornado EF4 4 53 140.000M 4.000M
ZEIGLERVILLE HOLMES CO. MS 04/24/2010 11:33 CST-6 Tornado EF4 1 40 60.000M 4.000M
BOYETTE ATTALA CO. MS 04/24/2010 11:57 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 60.000M 4.000M
FRENCH CAMP CHOCTAW CO. MS 04/24/2010 12:28 CST-6 Tornado EF3 5 35 90.000M 6.000M
STURGIS OKTIBBEHA CO. MS 04/24/2010 12:50 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 15.00K 20.00K
Totals: 10 130 351.035M 22.520M