Clinton & Jackson, MS Tornado Confirmed as an EF-3 Tornado (4/15/2011)


The latest information is coming out on the tornado that hit Jackson & Clinton yesterday was rated an EF-3 by storm survey teams. Below is the statement detailing the path of this tornado.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
732 PM CDT SAT APR 16 2011

…PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY INFORMATION…

COUNTY: HINDS
BEGINNING POINT: 4.5 SW CLINTON AT 1051 AM 04/15/11
ENDING POINT: 2 SE RIDGELAND AT 1117 AM 04/15/11
RATING: EF-3 MAX ESTIMATED WINDS 140 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 17 MILES
MAXIMUM WIDTH: .3 MILES
INJURIES: 10

SUMMARY OF DAMAGE: THIS TORNADO BEGAN ALONG AIRPORT ROAD TO THE
SOUTHWEST OF CLINTON AND MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS INTERSTATE
20…HIGHWAY 80…INTERSTATE 220 AND INTERSTATE 55 BEFORE LIFTING
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF OLD CANTON ROAD AND PEAR ORCHARD ROAD IN
NORTHEAST JACKSON.

THE MOST INTENSE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN CLINTON AND WEST JACKSON. IN
THESE AREAS…NUMEROUS HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED AND
DESTROYED BOTH BY THE TORNADO WIND AND FROM FALLING TREES…CARS WERE
FLIPPED AND SMASHED…THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED
AND NUMEROUS POWER LINES AND POWER POLES WERE DOWNED AND SNAPPED. THE
BASIS FOR THE EF3 RATING WAS HOUSES THAT WERE DESTROYED IN
NEIGHBORHOODS JUST SOUTHWEST OF HIGHWAY 80 AND JUST SOUTH OF CLINTON
BLVD IN CLINTON. THE TORNADO MAINTAINED EF2 AND EF1 STRENGTH AS IT
MOVED THROUGH WEST JACKSON. HOWEVER…ONCE IT CROSSED INTERSTATE
55…THE TORNADO WEAKENED TO EF1 AND EFO DAMAGE.

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