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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 7.28 Miles
-- Width 300 Yards
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area FORREST
WFO JAN
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-12-25 15:55:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 4WSW FRUITLAND PARK
Begin Lat/Lon 30.91/-89.24
End Date 2012-12-25 16:05:00.0 CST-6
End Location 4E MAXIE
End Lat/Lon 30.97/-89.14
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 4/0
Property Damage 200.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A regional severe weather outbreak unfolded during Christmas Day 2012 as a result of an anomalously strong and southward positioned trough axis over the southern plains and lower Mississippi River valley. Very strong cyclonically curved winds in the mid-levels of the atmosphere near 115 mph and a rapidly deepening surface low over Louisiana and Mississippi aided in strong low-level wind shear and destabilization for severe thunderstorm development. Early Christmas morning, a large elevated rain and thunderstorm shield overspread the entire ArkLaMiss region. A warm front pushed north through southern Louisiana and Mississippi through late morning and through the afternoon while a quickly advancing cold front and developing squall line were occurring across portions of Texas and Louisiana. A Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch was issued for all of southern Louisiana and Mississippi late Christmas morning for the expected potency of the rotating thunderstorms. Supercells began to develop ahead of the squall line across southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama south of the warm front during the afternoon. With such ample wind and speed shear, strong tornadoes developed that afternoon. The most notable tornadoes in NWS Jackson's area were two EF2 tornadoes in Lawrence and southern Forrest counties that destroyed several mobile homes and campers, snapped power poles, and uprooted or snapped hundreds of trees. Luckily, no fatalities occurred in association with the tornadoes. The tornado damage in Forrest County was part of a 61 mile long tornado that began in Pearl River County Mississippi, where EF-3 damage occurred, and ended in western Greene County. Numerous trees were reported down across much of central Mississippi from the advancing squall line and its damaging straight-line winds. Flash flooding also occurred across many areas leading to road closures. The severe weather and cold front finally cleared Mississippi by early Christmas evening.
Event Narrative Numerous soft and hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted. Multiple power poles were snapped. Two double wide mobile homes were completely destroyed, a pickup truck was rolled, and a single-wide mobile home suffered major damage. Large oaks were uprooted and a travel trailer was demolished by a falling tree. Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 130 mph in Forrest County.
This is the continuation of a longer tornado that started in Pearl River County at 3:10pm. This tornado was at it's strongest in Pearl River County with estimated wind speeds of 140 mph, which is EF-3 strength. The tornado finally ended in Greene County at 4:34pm. The total path length was 60.8 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 13 838.00K 0.00K
FLORA MADISON CO. MS 12/25/2012 12:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUCKNEY RANKIN CO. MS 12/25/2012 13:22 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 63 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
LUCKNEY RANKIN CO. MS 12/25/2012 13:22 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 63 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VICKSBURG WARREN CO. MS 12/25/2012 13:24 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PORT GIBSON CLAIBORNE CO. MS 12/25/2012 13:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KINGSTON ADAMS CO. MS 12/25/2012 13:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
VICKSBURG WARREN CO. MS 12/25/2012 13:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
CHURCH HILL JEFFERSON CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
NATCHEZ ADAMS CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
EDWARDS HINDS CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:17 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 2 55.00K 0.00K
ROXIE FRANKLIN CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
BARLOW COPIAH CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MADISON STATION MADISON CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:42 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
RIDGELAND MADISON CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:45 CST-6 Lightning 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
VICKSBURG WARREN CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
WEST JACKSON HINDS CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:10 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
HAZLEHURST COPIAH CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
THOMASTOWN LEAKE CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:20 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
BRAXTON SIMPSON CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
LAMBERTS STORE LAWRENCE CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:35 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 7 200.00K 0.00K
ARLINGTON NESHOBA CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
PINOLA SIMPSON CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARPERVILLE SCOTT CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FRUITLAND PARK FORREST CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:55 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 4 200.00K 0.00K
LAKE SCOTT CO. MS 12/25/2012 16:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
OVETT JONES CO. MS 12/25/2012 16:09 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
ENTERPRISE CLARKE CO. MS 12/25/2012 16:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
SAVOY LAUDERDALE CO. MS 12/25/2012 16:35 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 55.00K 0.00K
OKATIBBEE LAUDERDALE CO. MS 12/25/2012 16:36 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
NEW HOPE LOWNDES CO. MS 12/25/2012 16:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
BAILEY LAUDERDALE CO. MS 12/25/2012 17:35 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 13 838.00K 0.00K