Third EF-5 Tornado Confirmed in Neshoba & Noxubee Counties in Mississippi (4/27/2011)

This tornado marks this third EF-5 tornado of the April 27th mega outbreak. Smithville, MS being the first tornado being EF-5. The second EF-5 was the long track, over 130 mile Hacklesburg/Phil Campbell/Athens/Huntsville, AL and Franklin County, TN tornado. Now this tornado had received the upgrade from the Jackson NWS office as well. Here is what the Jackson NWS office said. I have written some notes on the bottom of this post.

Rating: EF-5
Estimated Wind: 200 mph+
Fatalities/Injuries: 3 fatalities/at least 8 injuries
Damage Path Length: 29 miles
Maximum Path Width: 1/2 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time: 1 N Philadelphia at 2:30 pm CT
Approximate End Point/Time: 6 SE Mashulaville at 3:00 pm CT

Event Summary: This tornado caused a path of extensive damage in northeast Neshoba, extreme northwest Kemper, extreme southeast Winston, and southwest Noxubee counties. The most intense damage occurred in a several mile area from extreme northeast Neshoba county into extreme southeast Winston county. Much of the damage in the core of the tornado in this area was rated as high end EF-3 to lower end EF-4. The three fatalities occurred in northwest Kemper County when a strapped down double-wide mobile home was thrown a distance of approximately 300 yards into a treeline, and then obliterated with the debris and framing scattered many hundreds of yards down the path. There was no indication of ground impacts between the original site of the mobile home and where it ended up to indicate that the mobile home bounced extensively as it traveled. Two traditional frame brick homes in southeast Winston county were completely leveled with only a few small parts of interior walls standing. New vehicles were thrown or rolled hundreds of yards before being wrapped into trees and left almost beyond recognition. In parts of northeast Neshoba and northwest Kemper counties, there was very high end tree damage with extensive denuding and debarking of trees, along with areas where the ground was scoured out to a depth of two feet in places, and asphalt was scoured off pavement.

Author’s note: This tornado was originally rated an EF-4 tornado with winds of 180 mph. Due to the ground by scoured out and asphalt being completely removed from the pavement, this tornado received an EF-5 rating.


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