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Event Details

Event Thunderstorm Wind
Magnitude 65 kts.
State MISSISSIPPI
County/Area ATTALA
WFO JAN
Begin Date 02/06/2008 01:40:00 CST-6
Begin Range 7
Begin Azimuth SSE
Begin Location ETHEL
Begin Lat/Lon 33.03/-89.43
End Date 02/06/2008 01:40:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 10.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative An outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes occurred on Super Tuesday February 5th 2008. The worst tornadoes and majority of the severe weather occurred to the north of our service area. However, our region did receive quite of a bit of weather with several weak tornadoes, large hail, and wind damage. The worst storm in the Jackson, MS service area was a supercell thunderstorm which tracked across southeast Arkansas and northwest Mississippi. This storm produced several weak tornadoes, but will be know for the very large hail and damage it produced. Hail between baseball and softball size occurred during some of its life with golf ball size occurring throughout its life. Dozens of vehicles were damaged along the path from the very large hail.

The day was setup by near record high temperatures and a very moist and unstable atmosphere. A potent low pressure system and cold front developed over North Texas early Tuesday. As the area of low pressure deepened and tracked northeast across Central Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas the combination of unstable air and strong wind shear lead to a tornado and severe weather outbreak across the Southeast US. This was just the first round of severe storms to impact the region. A line of storms developed along a pre-frontal trough early Tuesday evening and quickly moved east across the area through early Wednesday morning bringing with it damaging winds and hail.

This outbreak of severe storms produced a little over 80 tornadoes which were responsible for 56 fatalities and hundreds of injuries across about 9 states. Of those 80 plus tornadoes, 5 were rated EF3 and 5 more rated EF4. The longest tornado occurred in north-central Arkansas and was on the ground for 123 miles and was rated and EF4. This was the longest single tornado track recorded in Arkansas since detailed reporting began in 1950.
Event Narrative A few areas of trees and limbs were blown down along Highways 19 and 14. One power pole was snapped in the area as well.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 538.50K 0.00K
CANTON MADISON CO. MS 02/05/2008 14:57 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EUTAW BOLIVAR CO. MS 02/05/2008 16:22 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
NILES BOLIVAR CO. MS 02/05/2008 16:45 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 70.00K 0.00K
HUSHPUCKENA BOLIVAR CO. MS 02/05/2008 17:04 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 51 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
WARREN (ZONE) WARREN (ZONE) MS 02/05/2008 17:25 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 45.00K 0.00K
WINSTON (ZONE) WINSTON (ZONE) MS 02/05/2008 18:30 CST-6 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
GUNNISON BOLIVAR CO. MS 02/05/2008 21:27 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GUNNISON BOLIVAR CO. MS 02/05/2008 21:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
NEWMANS WARREN CO. MS 02/06/2008 00:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
VICKSBURG WARREN CO. MS 02/06/2008 00:00 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTLAND FORK YAZOO CO. MS 02/06/2008 00:44 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTLAND FORK YAZOO CO. MS 02/06/2008 00:46 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 180.00K 0.00K
LORMAN JEFFERSON CO. MS 02/06/2008 00:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
INSMORE CLAIBORNE CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEST PT CLAY CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:12 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY HINDS CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:22 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SINGLETON LEAKE CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:25 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAKELAND RANKIN CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:34 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOWOOD RANKIN CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
ETHEL ATTALA CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
HAZLEHURST COPIAH CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:43 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 7.00K 0.00K
PAULETTE NOXUBEE CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:55 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HIGH PT WINSTON CO. MS 02/06/2008 01:56 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOGEYE COMM NOXUBEE CO. MS 02/06/2008 02:03 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARKVILLE BRYAN ARP OKTIBBEHA CO. MS 02/06/2008 02:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 40.00K 0.00K
PRESTON KEMPER CO. MS 02/06/2008 02:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 57 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FEARNS SPGS WINSTON CO. MS 02/06/2008 03:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAVIS CLARKE CO. MS 02/06/2008 03:32 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 538.50K 0.00K