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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 24.05 Miles
-- Width 175 Yards
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area PEARL RIVER
WFO LIX
Begin Date 12/25/2012 15:20:00 CST-6
Begin Range 2
Begin Azimuth SE
Begin Location MILL CREEK
Begin Lat/Lon 30.65/-89.68
End Date 12/25/2012 15:40:00 CST-6
End Range 8
End Azimuth N
End Location SILVER RUN
End Lat/Lon 30.84/-89.34
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 8/0
Property Damage 2.50M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong low pressure system moving across the middle Mississippi River Valley drove a strong cold front through the area. A squall line developed ahead of the cold front with isolated supercells ahead of the squall line. Multiple reports of severe weather were received.
Event Narrative The tornado initially touched down on Harris Road on the southwest side of McNeil causing EF0 and EF1 damage, where it snapped several pine trees. It moved northeastward and rapidly intensified, resulting in a small area of upper range EF-2 and low end EF-3 damage along Joe Smith Road and Sones Chapel Road. The worst damage occurred when a single story brick veneer triplex dwelling was destroyed with only two small interior walls standing. The tornado weakened after crossing Highway 11, causing mainly tree and minor roof damage, until it re-intensified in the far northeast corner of Pearl River County near Red Hill church Road. It caused upper range EF-1 damage as it was leaving Pearl River County into Stone County. County officials preliminary estimate of 22 homes destroyed, 8 homes with major damage, 16 homes with minor damage and an additional 9 homes affected. Eight people were transported by EMS to area hospitals, although additional minor injuries likely occurred. Maximum winds in Pearl River County were estimated around 140 mph. This tornado continued to track northeast across several more counties in south Mississippi for a total path length of 61 miles. Event times were based on radar and eyewitness accounts.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 9 2.750M 0.00K
CENTREVILLE WILKINSON CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:31 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
ARIEL AMITE CO. MS 12/25/2012 14:33 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 1 150.00K 0.00K
MILL CREEK PEARL RIVER CO. MS 12/25/2012 15:20 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 8 2.500M 0.00K
Totals: 0 9 2.750M 0.00K