Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Tornado Surveys From Last Friday Night (Updated For Flat Rock Storm)


Surveys are ongoing. Doing them is hard work. The Birmingham office is still in the process of evaluating the strength of the tornado after it crossed into Marion County, AL from MS. For now it looks just under F-2 strength. So we really were fortunate around here. Some of these other tornadoes came out of that same supercell storm after it had become part of a squall line. The tornado in Plantation Springs was from a different supercell thunderstorms, and I think that is the same one that ended up hitting Fayetteville later in the night. When things get that busy though, it can take a while to sort them out, even for the people doing the ground surveys. 


Also adding some of the more significant Mississippi tornadoes to this list. In case you want the raw data of what actually happened with these storms. As they say, the surveys are not complete. 

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NOUS44 KHUN 271806

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ALZ001>010-016-TNZ076-096-097-280615-


Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

106 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2023


...NWS Damage Survey for 03/25/2023 Tornado Event ...


.Flat Rock Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph

Path Length /statute/:  5.8953 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   115 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             03/25/2023

Start Time:             01:28 AM CDT

Start Location:         7 NW Ider / Jackson County / AL

Start Lat/Lon:          34.7856 / -85.7393


End Date:               03/25/2023

End Time:               01:33 AM CDT

End Location:           6 WNW Rising Fawn / Jackson County / GA

End Lat/Lon:            34.7944 / -85.6375


Survey Summary:

Areal surveillance provided by Jackson County EMA, supplemented

by radar data from KHTX will confirm an EF-1 tornado near the

Flat Rock area. 


The tornado likely touched down southwest of CR

81, north of Flat Rock near Fabius Poultry. Multiple chicken

houses sustained roof damage at this location. The tornado tracked

east toward CR 81 where numerous softwood trees were uprooted. Damage 

was then reported and along and between Highway 71 and CR 326 through

the county line. Uprooted trees and minor structure damage was

observed in this location. 


Please note that an additional ground survey may be needed to see

if the track can be extended east. This would potentially occur at a

later date.  



&&


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.


$$


Barron


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NOUS44 KHUN 252312


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ALZ001>010-016-TNZ076-096-097-261115-




Public Information Statement


National Weather Service Huntsville AL


612 PM CDT Sat Mar 25 2023




...NWS Damage Survey for 03/25/2023 Tornado Event...




.Hartselle Tornado...




Rating:                 EF2


Estimated Peak Wind:    115 mph


Path Length /statute/:  13.5601 miles


Path Width /maximum/:   175.0 yards


Fatalities:             1


Injuries:               0




Start Date:             03/25/2023


Start Time:             12:23 AM CDT


Start Location:         8 N Upshaw / Lawrence County / AL


Start Lat/Lon:          34.4016 / -87.1348




End Date:               03/25/2023


End Time:               12:29 AM CDT


End Location:           2 NNE Hartselle / Morgan County / AL


End Lat/Lon:            34.4647 / -86.9139




Survey Summary:


NWS and Morgan County EMA observed extensive damage in western


Morgan County consistent with a low-end EF 2 tornado. 




The tornado likely first touched down between CR 203 and Highway 157 in far


eastern Lawrence County. Minor roof damage to chicken houses was


noted at this location before the tornado crossed the highway,


heading toward Danville. Sporadic tree damage was observed near


the Highway 36 and CR 200 area. Minor damage was noted around


Danville High School with the football scoreboard partially


destroyed. The tornado intensified as it tracked east-northeast


toward Targum Rd. Uprooted trees, minor damage to a home, and a


destroyed carport were observed. Tracking east, the tornado


uprooted and snapped a significant number of trees along Iron Man


Rd. and Forest Chapel Rd. While there was heavy structural damage


to single-family homes, the bulk of the damage was due to trees


falling on houses. The tornado remained on the ground uprooting


trees and tracking toward Vaughn Bridge Road. Near the Vaughn


Bridge and Vest Rd intersection, the tornado lifted and snapped


the anchoring system of a single-wide mobile home. This caused


the unit to overturn and role, destroying the home. One fatality


was reported at this location. Given the degree of damage, and


strapping of anchors to the I-beam, the damage indicator held


consistent with expected wind speed values. As the tornado


tracked east, numerous more trees were uprooted causing structure


damage along Highway 31 and further east on Sparkman St and


through Bethel Rd. The tornado likely lifted before the Bethel Rd


and I-65 intersection. 






.Laceys Spring...




Rating:                 EF1


Estimated Peak Wind:    94 mph


Path Length /statute/:  2.09 miles


Path Width /maximum/:   325.0 yards


Fatalities:             0


Injuries:               0




Start Date:             03/25/2023


Start Time:             12:47 AM CDT


Start Location:         10 WNW Union Grove / Morgan County / AL


Start Lat/Lon:          34.4758 / -86.6003




End Date:               03/25/2023


End Time:               12:50 AM CDT


End Location:           8 WNW Union Grove / Morgan County / AL


End Lat/Lon:            34.479 / -86.5642




Survey Summary:


A NWS damage survey tracked tornado damage in northeastern Morgan


County, associated with the same storm that produced the


Hartselle tornado. Damage was consistent with EF1 winds of 94


mph.




Many damage indicators were in the form of uprooted trees and


minor structural damage. The tornado likely touched down near the


Highway 32 and Crisco Cir intersections. Tracking east-northeast,


numerous trees were uprooted along Rescue Rd. Near Rescue Rd and


Hwy 231, an unanchored shed was destroyed. The tornado crossed


the highway and uprooted many more trees along Old Silo Rd and


also damaged the roof to chicken houses. The tornado likely


lifted just west of the Morgan County and Marshall County line. 






&&




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 events and publication in NWS


Storm Data.




$$




Barron/Cramer




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NOUS44 KHUN 252303


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ALZ001>010-016-TNZ076-096-097-261115-




Public Information Statement


National Weather Service Huntsville AL


603 PM CDT Sat Mar 25 2023




...NWS Damage Survey for 3/24/23 Tornado Event...




.Fayetteville, TN Tornado...




Rating:                 EF2


Estimated Peak Wind:    118 mph


Path Length /statute/:  3.9619 miles


Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards


Fatalities:             0


Injuries:               0




Start Date:             03/24/2023


Start Time:             11:59 PM CDT


Start Location:         1 WSW Fayetteville / Lincoln County / TN


Start Lat/Lon:          35.1454 / -86.5794




End Date:               03/25/2023


End Time:               12:05 AM CDT


End Location:           3 E Fayetteville / Lincoln County / TN


End Lat/Lon:            35.1497 / -86.5115




Survey Summary:


An NWS storm survey team analyzed that an EF-2 tornado occurred


in Fayetteville, TN in Lincoln County. The tornado formed on


Amana Ave with minor roof and shingle damage to single family


homes. It tracked due east into the Fairgrounds where it uplifted


reinforced roofing to horse stalls, and destroyed  a large


outdoor shed approximately 80ft by 30ft that had several


4x4 support beams anchored with concrete snapped near the base.


The tornado then rolled  a large horse trailer next to the


building approximately 80 yards. It continued to snap trees and


power lines heading east. As it approached Hedgemont Avenue,


several residential and commercial structures had roofing and


siding damage. The tornado crossed Main Ave S and snapped several


Bradford Pears, then crossed HWY 231. At the Lincoln Medical


Center, power poles were snapped, debris collided with the front


of the building, several cars were lifted and had their windows


blown out, and an exterior wall was disconnected but not


collapsed. The HVAC system was also toppled on the roof. After


damaging the Medical Center, the tornado went through open fields


and wooded areas where numerous trees were snapped and uprooted.


Before lifting, an awning that was reinforced with 4x4s in


concrete was flipped. Just west of Winchester Highway, the


tornado lifted. Thank you to Lincoln County EMA for their 


assistance and guidance throughout the survey process!




&&




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.




$$




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Public Information Statement


National Weather Service Huntsville AL


631 PM CDT Sat Mar 25 2023




...NWS Damage Survey for 03/24/2023 Tornado Event #3... 




..Plantation Springs Tornado...




Rating:                 EF2


Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph


Path Length /statute/:  0.6019 miles


Path Width /maximum/:   100.0 yards


Fatalities:             0


Injuries:               0




Start Date:             03/24/2023


Start Time:             10:54 PM CDT


Start Location:         1 S Saint Florian / Lauderdale County /


AL


Start Lat/Lon:          34.849 / -87.6285




End Date:               03/24/2023


End Time:               10:56 PM CDT


End Location:           1 SSE Saint Florian / Lauderdale County /


AL


End Lat/Lon:            34.856 / -87.6226




Survey Summary:


Plantation Springs Tornado: The tornado touched down in the


Hunter Ridge subdivision northeast of Florence and south of 


Saint Florian along County Road 61, removing part of a roof 


at the back of the neighborhood. The tornado then moved 


northeast into the Plantation Springs subdivision, damaging 


roofs to 2 homes on the southeastern corner of Plantation 


Springs Drive around the Blackberry Trail Golf Course. The 


tornado then strengthened to its strongest and widest point 


between Cottonwood Trail and Karley Lane, producing the most 


widespread structure damage along its path here. About half 


of the roofs of several homes were destroyed, and the backside


of the homes sustained severe damage as the tornado moved 


through the area. At this point, the tornado was about 100 yards


wide, and producing 120mph winds at peak intensity at this 


location, classifying it as an EF2 tornado. The last house 


on the northeast corner of Plantation Springs Drive sustained 


the worst damage near the golf course, with more than half the


roof destroyed and two rooms with walls collapsed at this location.


Thankfully, the tornado lifted shortly after this last house on 


the street, and little/no damage was noted to the northeast of 


this location back onto County Road 61. Path length was 0.6 miles,


beginning at 10:54 PM and ending at 10:56 PM. 




City of Florence Thunderstorm Wind Damage: As a line of severe storms 


moved across the city of Florence, numerous trees were snapped and


uprooted. NWS and EMA officials scoured numerous streetsin North 


Florence, trying to find some sort of path to the damage, but it 


was too widespread to determine that it was a tornado that moved 


through the city. Most/all of the trees were blown down and facing 


the northeast, including several large oak trees that were several 


feet in diameter. After assessing the damage to North Florence, it 


was determined that thunderstorm winds of 70-80mph occurred between 


North Wood Avenue, Chisolm Road, Hermitage Drive, eastward to 


Helton Drive/Hwy 157. 




Thanks to the Lauderdale County EMA for their assistance with the


storm surveys. 




&&




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.




$$

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ARZ074-075-LAZ007>009-015-016-023>026-MSZ018-019-025>066-072>074-

281800-


Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Jackson MS

908 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2023


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/24/2023 TORNADO EVENT...


.Update...Preliminary survey details have been added for both 

tornadoes. Initial ground assessments along the tornado paths have 

been completed. Additional information is now being assessed, 

including aerial imagery from satellite and UAS. Locations with the 

most severe damage along the paths are now being reviewed. Follow up 

surveys are possible, and updates to survey results are also 

possible in the coming days. 


We would like to express special thanks to the PERiLS Project and 

NSSL for their ongoing assistance and expertise with this survey 

process.



.Rolling Fork-Silver City Tornado...


Rating:                 EF4

Estimated Peak Wind:    170 mph 

Path Length /statute/:  59.4 miles 

Path Width /maximum/:   3/4 mile 

Fatalities:             16 

Injuries:               Unknown


Start Date:             3/24/2023

Start Time:             7:57 PM CDT

Start Location:         4 SE Mayersville / Issaquena County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          32.8414 / -90.9993


End Date:               3/24/2023

End Time:               9:08 PM CDT

End Location:           8 ESE Cruger / Holmes County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            33.2636 / -90.1126


Survey Summary: This long track, violent tornado began over 

northern Issaquena County near Grant Rd, downing multiple trees 

and damaging two older outbuildings. The tornado continued 

northeastward, producing tree damage as it crossed the Steele 

Bayou Canal then into Sharkey County. At this point, the tornado 

began to increase in size and intensity, and there was evidence of

multiple vortices at multiple points along the path in Sharkey 

County. A very high percentage of trees were snapped along the 

path through a wooded area south of Bear Lake Rd. On the western 

outskirts of the city of Rolling Fork, homes began to be impacted 

with significant roof damage along Bear Lake Rd. Several tall 

wooden utility poles were snapped along Bear Lake Rd and MS 

Highway 826. The first indications of EF3 to EF4 damage occurred 

along Pinkins Rd, where each structure along the dead end road, 

including several manufactured homes and a site built home, was 

demolished. Structures on the west end of the road were scattered 

radially southeastward, and structures on the east end of the road

were scattered northward. Additionally, debarking was observed on

several hardwood trees, with only stubs of the main branches of 

some trees remaining. Across MS 826 and along Fleetwood Rd, an 

older metal building was swept away, a small home was destroyed 

and numerous manufactured homes were destroyed. 


As the tornado moved into the western side of Rolling Fork, the 

tornadic wind field was broad, encompassing the area from Race St, 

where exterior damage occurred to the Sharkey Issaquena Hospital, 

to Bear Lake Rd on the south end. The corridor of greatest damage 

on the west side of the city, up to EF3, extended from 7th St 

between Martin Ave and Joor Ave to 3rd St between Southern Ave and

Lewis Ave to S 1st St near Wright Ave. In this area, multiple 

homes lost most exterior walls, several more lost roofs and some 

walls, and even more received at least minor damage. Additional 

debarking of trees was noted near the center of the path.


After the tornado crossed Deer Creek into the eastern side of 

Rolling Fork, some intensification occurred, with additional EF4 

damage noted. Two homes, one along Sharkey St and one along 

Collette Ave, had all walls collapsed. A lodge on Parkway Ave was 

demolished, but there was evidence the structure was compromised 

by flying debris. Large metal buildings at an agriculture business

at the intersection of East St and West Ave were destroyed. 

Further south along the periphery of the tornado, roof damage 

occurred at the fire station and at Rolling Fork Elementary School

and South Delta High School. The tornado then crossed Rolling 

Fork Creek, damaging and destroying several structures along 

McLaurin St and China St. A water tower east of Hicks Ave was 

downed, though it appeared to be compromised near the base by 

impacts from flying debris. The roof was removed from the Rolling 

Fork US Post Office, portions of Rolling Fork City Hall, and 

portions of the Rolling Fork Police Department. The Sharkey County

Courthouse received damage to the roof and some windows, with the

cupola removed. Homes and businesses were destroyed along Walnut 

St, with all or most walls downed. With two of the businesses, the

structure was compromised by tossed vehicles or a metal door on 

the side of the building. Another area of EF4 damage was along 

Mulberry St and Hunt St, where additional homes and businesses had

all walls collapsed, Several other structures had roofs removed 

and some walls collapsed as far north as Lindsay St and Magnolia 

St.


As the tornado approached US 61, several businesses were impacted,

especially in the area between Walnut St and Rosenwald Ave. 

Several of these businesses were metal building systems that were 

nearly or completely destroyed. A few were brick structures with 

most or all walls collapsed, leaving piles of debris on or near 

the slab. Around 30 mobile or manufactured homes at the Chuck's 

Dairy Bar property were destroyed. A considerable amount of debris

was visible in aerial imagery along the path scattered downwind 

in fields east northeast of the city. 


The tornado remained strong to violent as it continued northeast

of Rolling Fork across mainly open fields. It crossed Matthews Rd

near a catfish farm, where several utility poles were snapped

near the ground and covered in 1 to 2 inches of mud. Ground

survey teams were unable to determine the location of the tops of

some of the snapped poles. Prolific tree damage occurred along

Sandy Bayou, with a few buildings along the outer edges of the

path damaged and a tractor trailer flipped. Another area of

EF4 damage was observed from Widow Bayou and E River Rd

northeastward through Dogwood Rd and Linsey Rd. Through this

corridor, extreme hardwood tree damage occurred with most trees

completely mangled and debarking noted. There was some evidence

of trees being tossed or dragged at least a short distance.

Several utility poles were snapped, with some tossed a short

distance. A manufactured home off Dogwood Rd was blown away, with

a school bus from the property tossed into nearby trees. Aerial

imagery of this area revealed ground scouring and cycloidal marks

in the field between Dogwood Rd and Linsey Rd. Tree damage

continued across Keith Rd and Charlie Pitt Rd as the tornado

approached MS Highway 14.


East of Anguilla along Highway 14, a frame home was completely 

destroyed. Near the home, several power poles were snapped or 

broken. Tree damage was extensive with large areas mowed down. A 

tenth of a mile east, a mobile home was rolled into nearby trees. 

Along Prudent Rd, most of the roof was taken off of a home, where 

the garage collapsed along with a portion of the front porch. One 

vehicle was flipped and another was moved. A metal workshop was 

destroyed and structural beams were bent. Along the road, several 

power poles were snapped and thrown a couple hundred feet into a 

nearby field. As the tornado approached and crossed Seven Mile Rd,

intensity increased. Here, several metal buildings were heavily 

damaged or destroyed with structural beams bent. Grain bins had 

sides collapsed and the tops blown off. A small brick home was 

completely destroyed with all of the exterior walls collapsed. The

home next door had a large portion of the roof removed and part 

of a wall had collapsed. Debris from the home was thrown several 

hundred feet into a nearby field. Vehicles were moved out of the 

garage and a large grain storage cart was thrown into the field as

well. 


For several miles, the tornado traveled along Highway 149 moving 

toward Silver City where large areas of hardwood trees were 

snapped and uprooted. Multiple center pivot irrigation systems 

were flipped. A mobile home was completely destroyed when it was 

rolled into a nearby field. A portion of the roof was blown off a 

school. A community along the same road had several homes with 

significant roof damage, at least one home had decking material 

partially removed. Several homes and a large metal building were 

severely damaged when portions of the roof were blown off. A 

second metal building was completely destroyed with large 

structural posts bent. 


As the tornado came into Silver City from the west along Highway 

149, an apartment complex was heavily damaged where each building 

had extensive shingle damage. Several buildings had sections of 

the roof removed and one building had portions of the western 

walls partially collapsed. In the nearby neighborhood, numerous 

homes had large portions of shingles removed. At least two frame 

homes were destroyed where one or more exterior walls collapsed. A

large number of old hardwood trees were snapped or uprooted. As 

the storm moved east toward Highway 49W, more trees were snapped 

and uprooted. Several homes and a church near the intersection of 

Highway 14 and Highway 49W had areas of the roof damaged or 

removed. Four mobile homes were completely destroyed. Nearly every

home sustained roof damage, where sections of the roof were 

removed. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, a few of which 

fell on homes. The rating in the Silver City area ranged from 

EF1-EF2. 


The tornado continued to track east where mostly tree damage 

occurred. In rural portions of Holmes County northeast of Tchula, 

there was substantial tree damage with swaths of snapped and 

uprooted trees. Several center pivot irrigation systems were 

overturned and grain bins were flipped or destroyed. The tornado 

continued to move northeast before dissipating in a wooded area 

north of Randall Road.



.Black Hawk-Winona Tornado...


Rating:                 EF3

Estimated Peak Wind:    155 mph

Path Length /statute/:  29.2 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   0.7 mile

Fatalities:             3

Injuries:               5


Start Date:             3/24/2023

Start Time:             9:12 PM CDT

Start Location:         11 E Cruger / Carroll County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          33.3128 / -90.0385


End Date:               3/24/2023

End Time:               9:37 PM CDT

End Location:           5 NNW Kilmichael / Montgomery County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            33.5098 / -89.5928


Survey Summary: This long track tornado began just southwest of 

Black Hawk in a wooded area with widespread tree damage, including

snapped and uprooted trees. Satellite imagery indicates major 

tree damage of EF2 intensity. It continued northeast before 

crossing Highway 430, CR 235, and Highway 17. In this area, 

numerous residential structures were damaged, including 2 homes 

that were destroyed, with both losing outer walls and another with

collapsed brick on the exterior with the interior slab exposed. 

Large farming equipment was also blown over on the side. No 

injuries were reported in this area. The tornado was strongest 

just northeast of here at EF3 intensity, around 155mph, where 

Black Hawk Independent Church, Historic Blackhawk School and 

parsonage were completely destroyed. Both the school and church 

had stood for nearly 100 years. The church steeple was gone with 

the bell thrown out and not seen by the survey team. The slab to 

the church remained intact with a few exterior walls standing. A 

nearby well building made of cinder block masonry stood mostly 

untouched outside of minor damage to the roof and doorway. 


The tornado then continued to the northeast before crossing 

Highway 17 where widespread tree damage and some structural damage

continued. It then continued northeast, just north of Highway 

243, before crossing Highway 218 and Nebo Rd, where widespread 

tree damage occurred. Some areas beyond this were inaccessible due

to fallen trees. Satellite imagery indicates potential EF2 to EF3

tree damage in the nearby wooded area. The tornado crossed CR 

144, CR 163, CR 211, Good Hope Rd and Spring Lake Rd between 

Burkhead Lake, Spring Lake and Water Lake. In this area, the 

tornado was an estimated one half to three quarters of a mile wide

and caused EF2 to EF3 tree damage to the forested areas. Some 

damage was noted to structures along these inaccessible areas. 


It then crossed Enon Rd, where damage was noted to a home, and 

Highway 35, where widespread tree damage, major roof, and minor 

siding damage occurred to a mobile home. One mobile home just 

north of Highway 35 was thrown off the blocks and into a nearby 

wooded area some 50 yards away. In this location, 3 fatalities 

occurred. An 18 wheeler tractor trailer was also blown over on the

side. Just to the northeast, satellite imagery indicates a 

structure had major damage, with the majority of it destroyed. The

tornado then crossed CR 278 and CR 61, with minor tree damage, 

but the majority of the more intense tree damage as viewed within 

satellite imagery occurred in inaccessible areas just to the 

north. 


It then crossed Gum Branch Rd before crossing Interstate 55, 

where ground surveys and satellite imagery indicated the tornado 

was nearly a half mile wide. The tornado then crossed Highway 51, 

Stafford Wells Rd and Highway 407, where major roof damage 

occurred to residential homes consistent with EF2 intensity. The 

tornado then crossed Highway 82, where numerous power lines were 

downed, causing high end EF1 to low end EF2 damage. The tornado 

then crossed the intersection of Bethlehem Community Rd and 

Bethlehem Church Rd, where EF2 damage occurred. Three outbuildings

were destroyed. A home had major roof damage, and another 

structure moved off the foundation. The tornado then crossed 

Hammond Rd, causing major tree damage in the wooded areas. The 

tornado then caused low end EF2 damage just south of Robinson- 

Thompson Rd, where an outbuilding was destroyed and a nearby 100 

year old home had minor to moderate roof and siding damage but was

left standing. The tornado lifted as it crossed Robinson-Thompson

Rd.


&&


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 events and publication in NWS

Storm Data.


$$


BP/DL/CE/LM/CR/DC/JM

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NOUS44 KJAN 280208

PNSJAN

ARZ074-075-LAZ007>009-015-016-023>026-MSZ018-019-025>066-072>074-

281800-


Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Jackson MS

908 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2023


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/24/2023 TORNADO EVENT...


.Update...Preliminary survey details have been added for both 

tornadoes. Initial ground assessments along the tornado paths have 

been completed. Additional information is now being assessed, 

including aerial imagery from satellite and UAS. Locations with the 

most severe damage along the paths are now being reviewed. Follow up 

surveys are possible, and updates to survey results are also 

possible in the coming days. 


We would like to express special thanks to the PERiLS Project and 

NSSL for their ongoing assistance and expertise with this survey 

process.



.Rolling Fork-Silver City Tornado...


Rating:                 EF4

Estimated Peak Wind:    170 mph 

Path Length /statute/:  59.4 miles 

Path Width /maximum/:   3/4 mile 

Fatalities:             16 

Injuries:               Unknown


Start Date:             3/24/2023

Start Time:             7:57 PM CDT

Start Location:         4 SE Mayersville / Issaquena County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          32.8414 / -90.9993


End Date:               3/24/2023

End Time:               9:08 PM CDT

End Location:           8 ESE Cruger / Holmes County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            33.2636 / -90.1126


Survey Summary: This long track, violent tornado began over 

northern Issaquena County near Grant Rd, downing multiple trees 

and damaging two older outbuildings. The tornado continued 

northeastward, producing tree damage as it crossed the Steele 

Bayou Canal then into Sharkey County. At this point, the tornado 

began to increase in size and intensity, and there was evidence of

multiple vortices at multiple points along the path in Sharkey 

County. A very high percentage of trees were snapped along the 

path through a wooded area south of Bear Lake Rd. On the western 

outskirts of the city of Rolling Fork, homes began to be impacted 

with significant roof damage along Bear Lake Rd. Several tall 

wooden utility poles were snapped along Bear Lake Rd and MS 

Highway 826. The first indications of EF3 to EF4 damage occurred 

along Pinkins Rd, where each structure along the dead end road, 

including several manufactured homes and a site built home, was 

demolished. Structures on the west end of the road were scattered 

radially southeastward, and structures on the east end of the road

were scattered northward. Additionally, debarking was observed on

several hardwood trees, with only stubs of the main branches of 

some trees remaining. Across MS 826 and along Fleetwood Rd, an 

older metal building was swept away, a small home was destroyed 

and numerous manufactured homes were destroyed. 


As the tornado moved into the western side of Rolling Fork, the 

tornadic wind field was broad, encompassing the area from Race St, 

where exterior damage occurred to the Sharkey Issaquena Hospital, 

to Bear Lake Rd on the south end. The corridor of greatest damage 

on the west side of the city, up to EF3, extended from 7th St 

between Martin Ave and Joor Ave to 3rd St between Southern Ave and

Lewis Ave to S 1st St near Wright Ave. In this area, multiple 

homes lost most exterior walls, several more lost roofs and some 

walls, and even more received at least minor damage. Additional 

debarking of trees was noted near the center of the path.


After the tornado crossed Deer Creek into the eastern side of 

Rolling Fork, some intensification occurred, with additional EF4 

damage noted. Two homes, one along Sharkey St and one along 

Collette Ave, had all walls collapsed. A lodge on Parkway Ave was 

demolished, but there was evidence the structure was compromised 

by flying debris. Large metal buildings at an agriculture business

at the intersection of East St and West Ave were destroyed. 

Further south along the periphery of the tornado, roof damage 

occurred at the fire station and at Rolling Fork Elementary School

and South Delta High School. The tornado then crossed Rolling 

Fork Creek, damaging and destroying several structures along 

McLaurin St and China St. A water tower east of Hicks Ave was 

downed, though it appeared to be compromised near the base by 

impacts from flying debris. The roof was removed from the Rolling 

Fork US Post Office, portions of Rolling Fork City Hall, and 

portions of the Rolling Fork Police Department. The Sharkey County

Courthouse received damage to the roof and some windows, with the

cupola removed. Homes and businesses were destroyed along Walnut 

St, with all or most walls downed. With two of the businesses, the

structure was compromised by tossed vehicles or a metal door on 

the side of the building. Another area of EF4 damage was along 

Mulberry St and Hunt St, where additional homes and businesses had

all walls collapsed, Several other structures had roofs removed 

and some walls collapsed as far north as Lindsay St and Magnolia 

St.


As the tornado approached US 61, several businesses were impacted,

especially in the area between Walnut St and Rosenwald Ave. 

Several of these businesses were metal building systems that were 

nearly or completely destroyed. A few were brick structures with 

most or all walls collapsed, leaving piles of debris on or near 

the slab. Around 30 mobile or manufactured homes at the Chuck's 

Dairy Bar property were destroyed. A considerable amount of debris

was visible in aerial imagery along the path scattered downwind 

in fields east northeast of the city. 


The tornado remained strong to violent as it continued northeast

of Rolling Fork across mainly open fields. It crossed Matthews Rd

near a catfish farm, where several utility poles were snapped

near the ground and covered in 1 to 2 inches of mud. Ground

survey teams were unable to determine the location of the tops of

some of the snapped poles. Prolific tree damage occurred along

Sandy Bayou, with a few buildings along the outer edges of the

path damaged and a tractor trailer flipped. Another area of

EF4 damage was observed from Widow Bayou and E River Rd

northeastward through Dogwood Rd and Linsey Rd. Through this

corridor, extreme hardwood tree damage occurred with most trees

completely mangled and debarking noted. There was some evidence

of trees being tossed or dragged at least a short distance.

Several utility poles were snapped, with some tossed a short

distance. A manufactured home off Dogwood Rd was blown away, with

a school bus from the property tossed into nearby trees. Aerial

imagery of this area revealed ground scouring and cycloidal marks

in the field between Dogwood Rd and Linsey Rd. Tree damage

continued across Keith Rd and Charlie Pitt Rd as the tornado

approached MS Highway 14.


East of Anguilla along Highway 14, a frame home was completely 

destroyed. Near the home, several power poles were snapped or 

broken. Tree damage was extensive with large areas mowed down. A 

tenth of a mile east, a mobile home was rolled into nearby trees. 

Along Prudent Rd, most of the roof was taken off of a home, where 

the garage collapsed along with a portion of the front porch. One 

vehicle was flipped and another was moved. A metal workshop was 

destroyed and structural beams were bent. Along the road, several 

power poles were snapped and thrown a couple hundred feet into a 

nearby field. As the tornado approached and crossed Seven Mile Rd,

intensity increased. Here, several metal buildings were heavily 

damaged or destroyed with structural beams bent. Grain bins had 

sides collapsed and the tops blown off. A small brick home was 

completely destroyed with all of the exterior walls collapsed. The

home next door had a large portion of the roof removed and part 

of a wall had collapsed. Debris from the home was thrown several 

hundred feet into a nearby field. Vehicles were moved out of the 

garage and a large grain storage cart was thrown into the field as

well. 


For several miles, the tornado traveled along Highway 149 moving 

toward Silver City where large areas of hardwood trees were 

snapped and uprooted. Multiple center pivot irrigation systems 

were flipped. A mobile home was completely destroyed when it was 

rolled into a nearby field. A portion of the roof was blown off a 

school. A community along the same road had several homes with 

significant roof damage, at least one home had decking material 

partially removed. Several homes and a large metal building were 

severely damaged when portions of the roof were blown off. A 

second metal building was completely destroyed with large 

structural posts bent. 


As the tornado came into Silver City from the west along Highway 

149, an apartment complex was heavily damaged where each building 

had extensive shingle damage. Several buildings had sections of 

the roof removed and one building had portions of the western 

walls partially collapsed. In the nearby neighborhood, numerous 

homes had large portions of shingles removed. At least two frame 

homes were destroyed where one or more exterior walls collapsed. A

large number of old hardwood trees were snapped or uprooted. As 

the storm moved east toward Highway 49W, more trees were snapped 

and uprooted. Several homes and a church near the intersection of 

Highway 14 and Highway 49W had areas of the roof damaged or 

removed. Four mobile homes were completely destroyed. Nearly every

home sustained roof damage, where sections of the roof were 

removed. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, a few of which 

fell on homes. The rating in the Silver City area ranged from 

EF1-EF2. 


The tornado continued to track east where mostly tree damage 

occurred. In rural portions of Holmes County northeast of Tchula, 

there was substantial tree damage with swaths of snapped and 

uprooted trees. Several center pivot irrigation systems were 

overturned and grain bins were flipped or destroyed. The tornado 

continued to move northeast before dissipating in a wooded area 

north of Randall Road.



.Black Hawk-Winona Tornado...


Rating:                 EF3

Estimated Peak Wind:    155 mph

Path Length /statute/:  29.2 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   0.7 mile

Fatalities:             3

Injuries:               5


Start Date:             3/24/2023

Start Time:             9:12 PM CDT

Start Location:         11 E Cruger / Carroll County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          33.3128 / -90.0385


End Date:               3/24/2023

End Time:               9:37 PM CDT

End Location:           5 NNW Kilmichael / Montgomery County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            33.5098 / -89.5928


Survey Summary: This long track tornado began just southwest of 

Black Hawk in a wooded area with widespread tree damage, including

snapped and uprooted trees. Satellite imagery indicates major 

tree damage of EF2 intensity. It continued northeast before 

crossing Highway 430, CR 235, and Highway 17. In this area, 

numerous residential structures were damaged, including 2 homes 

that were destroyed, with both losing outer walls and another with

collapsed brick on the exterior with the interior slab exposed. 

Large farming equipment was also blown over on the side. No 

injuries were reported in this area. The tornado was strongest 

just northeast of here at EF3 intensity, around 155mph, where 

Black Hawk Independent Church, Historic Blackhawk School and 

parsonage were completely destroyed. Both the school and church 

had stood for nearly 100 years. The church steeple was gone with 

the bell thrown out and not seen by the survey team. The slab to 

the church remained intact with a few exterior walls standing. A 

nearby well building made of cinder block masonry stood mostly 

untouched outside of minor damage to the roof and doorway. 


The tornado then continued to the northeast before crossing 

Highway 17 where widespread tree damage and some structural damage

continued. It then continued northeast, just north of Highway 

243, before crossing Highway 218 and Nebo Rd, where widespread 

tree damage occurred. Some areas beyond this were inaccessible due

to fallen trees. Satellite imagery indicates potential EF2 to EF3

tree damage in the nearby wooded area. The tornado crossed CR 

144, CR 163, CR 211, Good Hope Rd and Spring Lake Rd between 

Burkhead Lake, Spring Lake and Water Lake. In this area, the 

tornado was an estimated one half to three quarters of a mile wide

and caused EF2 to EF3 tree damage to the forested areas. Some 

damage was noted to structures along these inaccessible areas. 


It then crossed Enon Rd, where damage was noted to a home, and 

Highway 35, where widespread tree damage, major roof, and minor 

siding damage occurred to a mobile home. One mobile home just 

north of Highway 35 was thrown off the blocks and into a nearby 

wooded area some 50 yards away. In this location, 3 fatalities 

occurred. An 18 wheeler tractor trailer was also blown over on the

side. Just to the northeast, satellite imagery indicates a 

structure had major damage, with the majority of it destroyed. The

tornado then crossed CR 278 and CR 61, with minor tree damage, 

but the majority of the more intense tree damage as viewed within 

satellite imagery occurred in inaccessible areas just to the 

north. 


It then crossed Gum Branch Rd before crossing Interstate 55, 

where ground surveys and satellite imagery indicated the tornado 

was nearly a half mile wide. The tornado then crossed Highway 51, 

Stafford Wells Rd and Highway 407, where major roof damage 

occurred to residential homes consistent with EF2 intensity. The 

tornado then crossed Highway 82, where numerous power lines were 

downed, causing high end EF1 to low end EF2 damage. The tornado 

then crossed the intersection of Bethlehem Community Rd and 

Bethlehem Church Rd, where EF2 damage occurred. Three outbuildings

were destroyed. A home had major roof damage, and another 

structure moved off the foundation. The tornado then crossed 

Hammond Rd, causing major tree damage in the wooded areas. The 

tornado then caused low end EF2 damage just south of Robinson- 

Thompson Rd, where an outbuilding was destroyed and a nearby 100 

year old home had minor to moderate roof and siding damage but was

left standing. The tornado lifted as it crossed Robinson-Thompson

Rd.


&&


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 events and publication in NWS

Storm Data.


$$


BP/DL/CE/LM/CR/DC/JM

NOUS44 KMEG 270340

PNSMEG

ARZ009-018-026>028-035-036-048-049-058-MOZ113-115-MSZ001>017-

020>024-TNZ001>004-019>022-048>055-088>092-271545-


Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Memphis TN

1040 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2023


...NWS Damage Survey for 03/24/23 Tornado Event - Update #2...


.Update...Updated to include the Monroe County tornado.


.Monroe County Tornado...


Rating:                 EF3

Estimated Peak Wind:    155 mph

Path Length /statute/:  36.91 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   1600 yards

Fatalities:             2

Injuries:               UKN


Start Date:             03/24/2023

Start Time:             10:38 PM CDT

Start Location:         5 ENE Trebloc / Chickasaw County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          33.8527 / -88.7576


End Date:               03/24/2023

End Time:               11:09 PM CDT

End Location:           5 SW Bexar / Itawamba County / AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.1294 / -88.2141


Survey Summary:

The tornado began near County Roads 173 and 182 southwest of Egypt

in far eastern Chickasaw County. It traveled northeast across

County Road 179, causing numerous snapped and uprooted trees. This

tornado crossed Highway 45 West near the intersection of Old

Houston Road, rapidly intensifying as it approached Egypt and

Tumblin Roads. Several structures sustained significant damage,

including the total destruction of a couple of single-wide,

manufactured homes. Numerous trees and utility poles were heavily

damaged in the area and roof damage was noted on several homes.

Several injuries were reported in this area.


The tornado continues to move northeast, crossing White Rock Road

and causing widespread, significant tree damage, and roof damage

to several homes in the path.The tornado strengthened further as

it approached McAllister Road. Several homes in the area of

McAllister and Herndon Roads suffered significant damage with

missing roofs and collapsed walls. A single-wide, manufactured

home on Herndon Road was separated from its frame and completely

destroyed, resulting in 2 fatalities and multiple significant

injuries. Tree damage was severe with many hardwood trees snapped

or uprooted. Additional home and widespread, significant tree

damage was observed along Whatley Road near the intersection with

Highway 45 East south of New Wren. The tornado was near one mile

wide at this point.


One manufactured home was destroyed with debris blown 200 yards

down to the highway. A church was destroyed and several homes

suffered significant damage. Several homes sustained severe

damage along Little Coontail Road, including the complete

destruction of multiple manufactured homes. A boat was tossed

more than 50 yards and an SUV was thrown into a tree. Some of this

damage along Highway 45 East and Little Coontail Road was rated

EF3. Farther east along Coontail Road, damage to homes was less

significant and was generally confined to minor roof damage.

However, severe tree damage continued. The tornado then moved into

more wooded, wetland areas, crossing Highway 278 where it

intersects with the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. Widespread,

significant damage to homes and trees was observed all throughout

the northern half of Amory. Several locations in Amory sustained

damage rated as EF3.


The tornado continued to cause damage to trees and homes as it

moved across the Amory Golf Course, then affecting Myrtle and

Elliott Roads. A few homes suffered significant roof damage to the

south of Smithville near Parham Store Road and Williams Young

Road and widespread tree damage continued. The tornado path began

to narrow as the storm moved into northern Monroe County with tree

damage found along Highway 23 and State Line Road. Tree damage

became more intermittent as the tornado moved into southern

Itawamba County with additional trees down across State Line Road.

The tornado finally lifted as it approached Wilson Road.


Further adjustments may be made to the track based on additional

information, including aerial imagery and drone footage.



.Union County Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph

Path Length /statute/:  0.73 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   125 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               1


Start Date:             03/25/2023

Start Time:             09:38 PM CDT

Start Location:         5 N Blue Springs / Union County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          34.4721 / -88.8706


End Date:               03/25/2023

End Time:               09:39 PM CDT

End Location:           5 N Blue Springs / Union County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            34.4751 / -88.8583


Survey Summary:

The short-lived tornado initially touched down just southwest of

county road 222. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted at the

beginning of the path. The tornado traveled northeast and damaged

an outbuilding and patio at a residence. Numerous trees were

uprooted on the same property. This tornado traveled up county

road 180 causing minor roof damage to several homes. The tornado

lifted just north of the intersection of county roads 180 and

222. A lone injury occurred in the same area as a tree fell on a

moving vehicle with a male passenger inside.




.Pope Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph

Path Length /statute/:  8.39 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             03/24/2023

Start Time:             08:25 PM CDT

Start Location:         5 E Crowder / Panola County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          34.1625 / -90.0458


End Date:               03/24/2023

End Time:               08:34 PM CDT

End Location:           1 SE Courtland / Panola County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            34.2287 / -89.9236


Survey Summary:

The tornado developed along Three Wheeler Road in extreme

southern Panola County. This tornado caused intermittent tree

damage as it moved northeast across Cole Road and Crowder Pope

Road. Additional tree damage was noted along Gleaton Road and

Main Street on the southwest side of Pope. A structure sustained

minor roof damage in this area. Numerous trees were uprooted

across eastern Pope with one large tree falling on a home and

causing structural damage. The tornado continued to move

northeast across Green Road, causing damage to trees and an

outbuilding near Interstate 55 and Hentz Road. This tornado

lifted shortly after crossing the Interstate.




.Southeast Panola Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph

Path Length /statute/:  6.18 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             03/24/2023

Start Time:             08:38 PM CDT

Start Location:         5 E Courtland / Panola County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          34.2381 / -89.8482


End Date:               03/24/2023

End Time:               08:44 PM CDT

End Location:           7 E Endville / Panola County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            34.2933 / -89.7661


Survey Summary:

The tornado formed near the intersection of Eureka Road and

Crouch Road, moving northeast and affecting the areas along

Holmes Road and Henderson Road. Numerous trees were snapped or

uprooted along this path with minor roof damage observed and a

few snapped utility poles. This tornado then crossed both Dees

Road and Highway 315 where significant tree damage was observed.

Minor damage occurred to trees and a few outbuildings along

Joiner Road where the tornado finally lifted.




.Burgess Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph

Path Length /statute/:  4.08 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   125 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             03/24/2023

Start Time:             08:47 PM CDT

Start Location:         4 WSW Burgess / Panola County / MS

Start Lat/Lon:          34.3219 / -89.7309


End Date:               03/24/2023

End Time:               08:51 PM CDT

End Location:           Burgess / Lafayette County / MS

End Lat/Lon:            34.3436 / -89.667


Survey Summary:

The tornado produced minor damage near the intersection of Shady

Grove Road and Perkins Road in extreme eastern Panola County. It

then moved east-northeast into Lafayette County, following County

Road 317 and causing sporadic, but significant, tree damage from

Murphy Ridge Road to County Road 362. Minor structural damage was

noted along the path, mainly to barns and outbuildings.


&&


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.



$$


MJ/SJM/AC3/DNM

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