Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 3.01 Miles
-- Width 300 Yards
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area FORREST
WFO JAN
Begin Date 03/02/2012 18:42:00 CST-6
Begin Range 6
Begin Azimuth SSW
Begin Location BONHOMIE
Begin Lat/Lon 31.2/-89.35
End Date 03/02/2012 18:45:00 CST-6
End Range 5
End Azimuth SSE
End Location BONHOMIE
End Lat/Lon 31.21/-89.3
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 15.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative March 2012 came in like a lion as a large severe weather and tornado outbreak occurred on March 2nd. This outbreak covered a large amount of real estate across the Ohio, Tennessee, and Lower Mississippi River Valleys. This event was driven by a powerful storm system which clashed with unusual instability and wind shear for this time of year.

Across the NWS Jackson, MS service area, quite a bit of severe weather occurred during the afternoon and evening of March 2nd. Most of the severe storms occurred across areas north of I-20. Large hail was the primary main severe weather culprit as several supercell storms produced golf ball sized hail. There were also a few instances of larger hail, up to the size of baseballs. Other instances of wind damage also occurred from these storms along with two tornadoes.
Event Narrative This tornado initially touched down along Beach Road, where it overturned two trailers, took part of the roof off a home, destroyed a shed and caused some tree damage. From there the tornado weakened and seemed to skip along for several miles as it crossed Boggy Hollow Road and Coaltown Road. The tornado strengthened again as it crossed Purvis to Columbia Road. There the tornado caused damage to the roof and siding of a home and snapped several trees. The tornado them weakened again as it moved through the northwest sections of Purvis with only sporadic tree damage. The tornado strengthened again as it crossed Highway 11 and Sherlock Herrington Road. There numerous trees were snapped, the roof and siding of a home were damaged, a large storage shed was heavily damaged, and 3 mobile home sustained heavy damage. The tornado then reached its peak intensity as it crossed Harold Tucker Road. A strapped down mobile home was blown off its foundation and heavily damaged, two other mobile homes were damaged, and a single family home had part of the roof blown off. Numerous trees were snapped at this location as well. This location had both the maximum winds associated with this tornado of 100 mph and the maximum width of 300 yards.

The tornado then crossed White Chapel Road causing extensive tree damage. It then moved into Forrest County and crossed over Interstate 59 knocking over several trees at a rest stop. The tornado then crossed Browns Bridge Road and Frye Road snapping numerous trees, one of which fell on a house. The tornado lifted shortly after crossing Frye Road.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 1.072M 0.00K
ARTESIA LOWNDES CO. MS 03/02/2012 13:44 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 58 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
WINTERVILLE WASHINGTON CO. MS 03/02/2012 14:43 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CRAWFORD LOWNDES CO. MS 03/02/2012 14:45 CST-6 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
COLUMBUS/LOWNDES CO LOWNDES CO. MS 03/02/2012 15:02 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
MACKMAN SUNFLOWER CO. MS 03/02/2012 15:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 57 kts. EG 0 0 40.00K 0.00K
TIE PLANT GRENADA CO. MS 03/02/2012 16:00 CST-6 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
CARROLLTON CARROLL CO. MS 03/02/2012 16:15 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRENADA GRENADA CO. MS 03/02/2012 16:41 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 53 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
PHILLIPSTOWN LEFLORE CO. MS 03/02/2012 17:01 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MANTEE WEBSTER CO. MS 03/02/2012 17:23 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
PINEBLUFF CLAY CO. MS 03/02/2012 17:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MANTEE WEBSTER CO. MS 03/02/2012 17:28 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
BELZONI HUMPHREYS CO. MS 03/02/2012 17:30 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
BELZONI HUMPHREYS CO. MS 03/02/2012 17:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
WINONA MONTGOMERY CO. MS 03/02/2012 17:31 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ACONA HOLMES CO. MS 03/02/2012 18:08 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAXTERVILLE LAMAR CO. MS 03/02/2012 18:23 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 400.00K 0.00K
VAIDEN CARROLL CO. MS 03/02/2012 18:28 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
INCREASE LAUDERDALE CO. MS 03/02/2012 18:38 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POLAR CREEK MONTGOMERY CO. MS 03/02/2012 18:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BONHOMIE FORREST CO. MS 03/02/2012 18:42 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
FRENCH CAMP CHOCTAW CO. MS 03/02/2012 18:55 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
WALTERSVILLE WARREN CO. MS 03/02/2012 19:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 53 kts. EG 0 0 6.00K 0.00K
DURANT HOLMES CO. MS 03/02/2012 19:33 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA CO. MS 03/02/2012 19:34 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
FORRESTON LOWNDES CO. MS 03/02/2012 19:35 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
MAYHEW LOWNDES CO. MS 03/02/2012 19:45 CST-6 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
JACKSON HAWKINS FLD HINDS CO. MS 03/02/2012 20:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 47 kts. MG 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
MADISON MADISON CO. MS 03/02/2012 20:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
MARTIN LAUDERDALE CO. MS 03/02/2012 22:15 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NELLIEBURG LAUDERDALE CO. MS 03/02/2012 23:15 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
TERRELL JEFFERSON DAVIS CO. MS 03/02/2012 23:47 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 60.00K 0.00K
BAY SPGS JASPER CO. MS 03/03/2012 00:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 1.072M 0.00K