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Event Details

Event Flash Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain / Tropical System
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area RANKIN
WFO JAN
Report Source NWS Employee
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-09-05 05:00:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 3NNE FLOWOOD
Begin Lat/Lon 32.32/-90.11
End Date 2011-09-05 07:00:00.0 CST-6
End Location 2W LUCKNEY
End Lat/Lon 32.35/-90.1
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 100.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Tropical Depression 13 formed on the evening of September 1, 2011 about 225 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The depression moved very slowly, around 2 mph, across northern portions of the Gulf of Mexico. Through mid day on the 2nd, Tropical Depression 13 remained mostly stationary over the northern Gulf of Mexico, drenching Louisiana with several inches of rain. Around 1 pm on the 2nd, the depression was found to have strengthened to Tropical Storm strength by both Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft and local observations on oil rigs, becoming the 12th named storm of 2011. Tropical Storm Lee as it was named, had moved little and was located about 210 miles to the southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Maximum sustained winds of 40 mph were found with the newly named tropical storm and a minimum central pressure of 1003 mb.
Lee continued to move very slowly on the 2nd and 3rd, while heavy rain and strong winds continued to lash southern Louisiana. By mid day on the 3rd, Lee stalled south of the Louisiana coast with sustained winds around 60 mph. Lee continued to meander just along or south of the Louisiana coast through the remainder of the day on the 3rd. During the early morning hours of the 4th, Tropical Storm Lee finally made landfall near Vermillion Bay, LA, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 45 mph. However, Lee was still moving very slowly to the north northeast, dumping large quantities of rain and spawning tornadoes across portions of southern Louisiana, southeastern Mississippi and other portions of the Gulf Coast.
As the center of Lee continued to trek northward, heavy rain bands spiraled across much of central Mississippi producing significant flooding issues. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 10 inches were common across the NWS Jackson County Warning Area, with a few locations reporting amounts of 10 to 13 inches. Significant flash flooding was reported in the Jackson metro area, along with a few locations in southern Mississippi. Reports from emergency manager officials indicated that at least 50 homes, 60 apartment units and several other buildings were flooded by Monday morning. Numerous vehicles in the Jackson area were flooded, primarily in low-lying parking spots. Dozens of roads and bridges were washed out in central Mississippi. U.S. Highway 80 and Interstate 20 east of Jackson were both closed due to high water. Locations in the Mississippi Delta, northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas saw the least amount of rainfall, with amounts generally ranging from one half of an inch to 2 inches. Rivers responded to the large volume of rain, with many points on the Pearl River rising to minor to low-end moderate flooding. Other smaller creeks also came close to flood stage.
In addition to the significant rainfall and flooding, tornadoes also occurred with Tropical Storm Lee. Four confirmed tornadoes occurred in the Jackson County Warning Area. As is the case with most tropical systems, these tornadoes were very brief and fairly weak. Much of the damage was EF-0 type damage, with mostly trees and limbs coming down. The strongest tornado was rated EF-1 near Collins, MS. Some structural damage occurred along with tree damage. This tornado tracked for 3 miles with maximum estimated winds at 90 mph.
Around 10pm on September 4th, Lee was downgraded to a Tropical Depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. However, these winds were occurring well to the south and southeast of the center out over the Gulf of Mexico. The weakened cyclone was located about 55 miles to the west southwest of McComb, MS. The remnants of Lee got caught up with an approaching cold front and moved quickly to the northeast, dumping rainfall on the Mid-Atlantic region that was doused by Hurricane Irene only a week prior.
Select rainfall totals(inches) from across central Mississippi include Florence, MS(13.55), Forest, MS(12.82), Walnut Grove(12.59), 8mi south Philadelphia, MS(12.03), 5mi east Philadelphia, MS(12.00), 8mi west southwest Hattiesburg, MS(11.64), Prentiss, MS(11.33), and at the Jackson International Airport(11.15).
Event Narrative The creek running under Flowood Drive near the Air National Guard base was well out of its banks. Water was partially over Flowood Drive, and completely covering the access road to the base off of Flowood Drive. Eight cars at the Barnett Body Shop on the corner of Lakeland Drive and Airport Road had water half way up the doors.


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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 1.750M 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) MS 09/03/2011 12:35 CST-6 Strong Wind 35 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
JONES (ZONE) JONES (ZONE) MS 09/03/2011 15:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 35 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE) JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE) MS 09/04/2011 02:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 35 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
EPLEY LAMAR CO. MS 09/04/2011 07:05 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
COLUMBIA MARION CO. MS 09/04/2011 07:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
FORREST (ZONE) FORREST (ZONE) MS 09/04/2011 08:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 35 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
CLEVELAND MUNI ARPT BOLIVAR CO. MS 09/04/2011 16:47 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
MC LAURIN FORREST CO. MS 09/04/2011 18:45 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
WILLIAMSBURG COVINGTON CO. MS 09/04/2011 19:05 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
SERVICE JONES CO. MS 09/04/2011 20:04 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 45 kts. EG 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
HAMLET JASPER CO. MS 09/04/2011 20:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 45 kts. EG 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
PINEVILLE SMITH CO. MS 09/04/2011 21:45 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
RIDGELAND MADISON CO. MS 09/04/2011 22:20 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
JOHNSTONS STATION LINCOLN CO. MS 09/04/2011 22:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE) JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE) MS 09/04/2011 23:30 CST-6 Strong Wind 40 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
BROOKHAVEN LINCOLN CO. MS 09/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COPIAH (ZONE) COPIAH (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
SIMPSON (ZONE) SIMPSON (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 40 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FLORENCE RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 00:29 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
NESHOBA (ZONE) NESHOBA (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 00:30 CST-6 Strong Wind 40 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
GREENFIELD RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 02:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
HARRISVILLE SIMPSON CO. MS 09/05/2011 02:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
LONGALOO HINDS CO. MS 09/05/2011 02:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
PURVIS LAMAR CO. MS 09/05/2011 03:00 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARREN (ZONE) WARREN (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 03:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
COPIAH (ZONE) COPIAH (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 03:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
HAZLEHURST COPIAH CO. MS 09/05/2011 03:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
RIDGELAND MADISON CO. MS 09/05/2011 03:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
BROOKHAVEN LINCOLN CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CARSON JEFFERSON DAVIS CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FLOWOOD RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
LOUISVILLE WINSTON CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MADDEN LEAKE CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SEBASTOPOL SCOTT CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
JACKSON HINDS CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
LONGINO NESHOBA CO. MS 09/05/2011 04:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
NESHOBA (ZONE) NESHOBA (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 04:49 CST-6 Strong Wind 40 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
FLORENCE RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 05:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
FLOWOOD RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 05:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
FLOWOOD RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 05:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
PHILADELPHIA ARPT NESHOBA CO. MS 09/05/2011 05:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
RIDGELAND MADISON CO. MS 09/05/2011 05:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CHOCTAW (ZONE) CHOCTAW (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 05:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 40 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 05:10 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
FLYNN LOWNDES CO. MS 09/05/2011 05:35 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
INDEPENDENCE SCOTT CO. MS 09/05/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
LINGLE SMITH CO. MS 09/05/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
OFAHOMA LEAKE CO. MS 09/05/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
UNION NEWTON CO. MS 09/05/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOWNDES (ZONE) LOWNDES (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 06:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 06:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
FOREST SCOTT CO. MS 09/05/2011 07:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
STAR RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 07:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 40.00K 0.00K
FORREST (ZONE) FORREST (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 07:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
WAY MADISON CO. MS 09/05/2011 07:15 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
COLUMBIA MARION CO. MS 09/05/2011 07:41 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MARION LAUDERDALE CO. MS 09/05/2011 07:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
BIGBEE VLY NOXUBEE CO. MS 09/05/2011 08:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
LAUDERDALE (ZONE) LAUDERDALE (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 08:00 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
RICHBURG LAMAR CO. MS 09/05/2011 08:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
RIVERSIDE FORREST CO. MS 09/05/2011 08:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
NEWTON (ZONE) NEWTON (ZONE) MS 09/05/2011 09:30 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
MORTON SCOTT CO. MS 09/05/2011 11:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PLAIN RANKIN CO. MS 09/05/2011 19:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 1.750M 0.00K