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Stormy Western U.S.

An active and complex weather pattern is in store this weekend through next week, as multiple storms track from West Coast to East Coast. The activity starts today as a vigorous system moves through north-central California into the Intermountain West with rain, perhaps a few thunderstorms and heavy mountain snow. This system will move into the Upper Midwest tomorrow with a swath of heavy snow. Read More >

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Event Summary

 A slow moving storm system combined with abundant moisture to bring nearly 48 hours of rain and thunderstorms to the ArkLaMiss region, beginning the evening of March 20th and continuing through the afternoon hours March 22nd.  Strong wind shear and forcing from this disturbance and the associated cold front brought severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and widespread flooding. The primary hazards produced by this system were tornadoes and flooding, but there were also many reports of damaging downburst winds. With rich moisture flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico, many of the storms were efficient rain makers that produced both flash flooding and river flooding. Most areas west of the I-55 corridor received 1 to 3 inches, but areas further east along the I-55 corridor received 3 to 4 inches with up to 6 to 8 inches observed for areas east of I-55.

  

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Location Start/
End Time
Event Type Fatalities/
Injuries
Path Length Path Width
Jefferson County
1 E McNair to 3 SE Fayette

10:23 am -
10:29 am

EF-1 Tornado
94 mph
0 3 miles 1/10 mile
Claiborne/Warren Counties
8.5 NNE Port Gibson to 8 S Vicksburg
10:51 am -
11:01 am
EF-2 Tornado
120 mph
0 10 miles 1/2 mile
Warren County
2 SSE Vicksburg to 1.5 E Vicksburg
11:11 am -
11:13 am
EF-1 Tornado
90 mph
0 1.75 miles 100 yards
Eastern Rankin County
3 WSW Pelahatchie to 6 NW Pelahatchie
2:04 pm -
2:14 pm
EF-2 Tornado
115 mph
0 6.3 miles 75 yards
Forrest County
2 SE Eastabuchie to 2 SE Eastabuchie
4:00 pm -
4:02 pm
EF-0 Tornado
85 mph
0 3/10 mile 0.15 mile
Jones County
3 WSW Soso to 3 WSW Soso
5:31 pm -
5:31 pm
EF-0 Tornado
75 mph
0 2/10 mile 75 yards
Jasper County
1.5 ESE Paulding to 1.5 E Paulding
9:03 pm -
9:04 pm
EF-0 Tornado
75 mph
0 1/2 mile 75 yards

 

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