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Kemper and Noxubee Counties Tornado

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Event Summary

This tornado first touched down in southwest Kemper County and tracked north-northeast through much of Kemper and Noxubee County then into Pickens County Alabama.  The most intense damage occurred in five locations along the path.  The first was damage to a several story steel frame commercial building along highway 493 just north of Moscow.  The second was a frame home that was completely destroyed along Highway 16 several miles west of De Kalb.  The third was an extensive area of damage just west and northwest of Shuqualak that included a destroyed home as well as significant damage to several other homes and many power poles.  The fourth was high tension power poles that were bent along Highway 45 just north of Shuqualak. The fifth area was just west of Prairie Point where a tower was crumpled and bent all the way to the ground.

Along the rest of the tornado path...thousands of trees were snapped and uprooted, numerous power poles were snapped, many homes sustained roof and wall damage, numerous barns and outbuildings were heavily damaged or destroyed and a few vehicles were smashed and overturned.

For more on the tornado path once it crossed into Alabama, please visit the National Weather Service in Birmingham's event summary.

(Click for EF Scale)
Estimated Maximum Wind: 145 mph
Casualties: 1 deaths; 9 injuries
Damage Path Length: 56 miles(68.4 miles for the entire track)
Maximum Path Width: 3/4 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time:

3 SW Damascus
11:33 am

Approximate End Point/Time:

3 ENE Bigbee Valley (.77 E Ethelsville, AL for the entire track)
12:48 pm (1:06pm for the entire track)