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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 18.25 Miles
-- Width 1883 Yards
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area CHOCTAW
WFO JAN
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2010-04-24 12:28:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 2ESE FRENCH CAMP
Begin Lat/Lon 33.29/-89.37
End Date 2010-04-24 12:50:00.0 CST-6
End Location 4ESE REFORM
End Lat/Lon 33.41/-89.09
Deaths Direct/Indirect 5/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 35/0
Property Damage 90.00M
Crop Damage 6.00M
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 into Choctaw County and crossed Black Road around 128 pm. Here, minor damage occurred to a brick home. Tree damage in this area was more substantial and was in the upper EF2 range. Thousands of trees were uprooted and snapped. Many trees were also splintered in this area. The tornado then crossed Highway 413, just east of French Camp. The tornado reached high end EF3 intensity at this point and produced significant structural damage to a number of structures. Wind speeds ranged from 155 to 165 mph at this location. Three well built brick homes were nearly flattened with only 1 outer wall left standing. Other well built structures sustained major damage to the roof. The Crossroads Grocery was destroyed as the cinder-block structure collapsed on itself. Several vehicles were thrown in this area including at semi-truck. A cell tower was snapped in half. The intense damage continued along the track across Stuart-Weir Road and White Road. Several more structures were severely damaged or destroyed in this area along with significant devastation to timber. Along Pisgah and Dotson Roads, some of the most severe damage occurred and this was the location of the 5 fatalities. Here, dozens of mobile homes and conventional foundation homes were destroyed. Multiple vehicles were thrown with a few landing in trees. The widest part of the tornado was in this general area where it was 1.07 miles wide. The EF3 intensity damage occurred for about 4 miles. The tornado weakened as it tracked toward the Chester Community and crossed Weir-Salem Road and Chester-Mills Road. Here the damage was mostly tree damage with a dozen of homes or so receiving minor to major damage. Some homes had a small portion of roof torn off or shingles peeled away. One well built home was shifted off the foundation with a portion of the back of the home collapsed. Again, timber damage was significant with a large area of pine forest heavily damaged. EF2 damaged was noted there. The tornado continued through Chester and toward Highway 9 and Highway 15. Here mainly EF1 tree damage occurred. The only exception was at and just to the east of the intersection with Highway 9 and Highway 790. Here some low end EF2 tree damage was noted. The tornado then crossed Highway 15 and continued just along and to the south of Macedonia Road. EF1 tree damage occurred in this area as well. The tornado continued into Oktibbeha County just east of of the Reform-Sturgis Road.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 0 Female Mobile/Trailer Home
Death 9 Female Outside/Open Areas
Death 14 Female Outside/Open Areas
Death 58 Female Vehicle/Towed Trailer
Death 58 Male Vehicle/Towed Trailer


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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