Leake Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 9:08 am CST on December 29, 2014

...NWS damage survey for 12/23/14 tornado event...

.Marion County tornado...

Rating: EF-3 estimated peak wind: 165 mph path length /statute/: 12 miles path width /maximum/: 1/2 mile fatalities: 3 injuries: 50

Start date: Dec 23 2014 start time: 2:17 PM CST start location: 2 S Columbia / Marion / MS start lat/lon: 31.2278 / -89.8309

End date: Dec 23 2014 end time: 2:36 PM CST end location: 3 ESE improve / Marion /MS end_lat/lon: 31.3241 / -89.6553

Survey_summary: this tornado first touched down just east of the Pearl River just south of Columbia. It quickly became strong and moved northeast impacting the southeast side of Columbia. The tornado remained on the ground through Marion County before lifting as it approached the Lamar County line.

Numerous businesses...homes...Mobile homes...a National guard building and power poles and lines were heavily damaged or destroyed by the tornado. One well built home was mostly destroyed and nearly reduced to a slab. This home received the highest rating. Extensive tree damage also occurred along the path of the storm.

One fatality occurred in a Mobile Home Park where several Mobile homes were destroyed. A second fatality occurred in a damaged strip mall. A third person died four days later as a result of injuries sustained while parked in a vehicle.

.Lamar County tornado #1...

Rating: EF-0 estimated peak wind: 70 mph path length /statute/: 100 yards path width /maximum/: 50 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014 start time: 2:45 PM CST start location: Sumrall / Lamar / MS start lat/lon: 31.4185 / -89.5465

End date: Dec 23 2014 end time: 2:45 PM CST end location: Sumrall / Lamar / MS end_lat/lon: 31.4185 / -89.5465

Survey_summary: the tin roofing was torn off a daycare center and several large limbs were knocked down from this brief tornado touchdown.

.Lamar County tornado #2...

Rating: EF-0 estimated peak wind: 75 mph path length /statute/: 1/4 mile path width /maximum/: 50 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014 start time: 2:46 PM CST start location: 1 NE Sumrall / Lamar / MS start lat/lon: 31.4278 / -89.5344

End date: Dec 23 2014 end time: 2:46 PM CST end location: 1 NE Sumrall / Lamar / MS end_lat/lon: 31.4278 / -89.5344

Survey_summary: this tornado briefly touched down in a sub-division north of Sumrall. Twelve homes received minor roof damage...several fences were damaged and two trees were downed.

.Jones County tornado...

Rating: EF-2 estimated peak wind: 125 mph path length /statute/: 5 miles path width /maximum/: 350 yards fatalities: 2 injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014 start time: 3:22 PM CST start location: 5 W Laurel / Jones / MS start lat/lon: 31.6991 / -89.2235

End date: Dec 23 2014 end time: 3:27 PM CST end location: 5 N Laurel / Jones / MS end_lat/lon: 31.7587 / -89.1545

Survey_summary: this tornado caused extensive tree and power line damage. Some major structural damage was caused with the most concentrated damage along mullican Road in the Calhoun community. Here a wood frame home was leveled and a Mobile home was destroyed. The Mobile home was where the two fatalities resulted.

.Clarke County tornado...

Rating: EF-0 estimated peak wind: 75 mph path length /statute/: 1/2 mile path width /maximum/: 100 yards fatalities: 0 injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014 start time: 4:27 PM CST start location: 3 ENE Crandall / Clarke / MS start lat/lon: 32.0009 / -88.4845

End date: Dec 23 2014 end time: 4:29 PM CST end location: 4 ENE Crandall / Clarke / MS end_lat/lon: 32.0028 / -88.4764

Survey_summary: the tornado started along CR-658 and traveled northeast. It crossed Pine Ridge Road and ended about one quarter mile into the Woods. The skirting of a Mobile home was blown out along with a few large Pine branches and large Tree Tops were broken off.

Ef scale: the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...weak......65 to 85 mph EF1...weak......86 to 110 mph EF2...strong....111 to 135 mph EF3...strong....136 to 165 mph EF4...violent...166 to 200 mph EF5...violent...>200 mph

Note: the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS storm data.

Local Radar

Click to Enlarge

Nearby Radar Stations