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Banner photo: Lightning in Starkville, courtesy Allen Gresham


Event Summary

During the afternoon of the 20th and into the early morning hours of the 21st, a large part of the central United States experienced severe weather. Across the NWS Jackson forecast area, severe weather was more sporadic, but portions of the area did see the brunt of the strongest activity. This system was driven by a large scale long wave trough which developed a large and deep surface low pressure area over the Great Lakes region. Trailing this surface low was as strong front which encountered strong wind energy aloft and raced through the Mississippi River Valley. It was when this fast moving front encountered deep moisture that it triggered thunderstorms which resulted in severe weather.

While most of the severe weather was focused north and northeast of our service area, portions of our area did experience a combination of damaging winds, hail, a few tornadoes and flash flooding. Damaging winds were more common along the US Highway 82 corridor as the line of storms pushed east. The other area was more across the southeast where the main concentration of severe weather and flooding occurred. Three weak tornadoes occurred, two in Jones County and the other in Marion County. The most impactful severe weather was from the flash flooding as 3-6 inches of rain fell within a stripe from Brookhaven to Laurel to Hattiesburg to Columbia. Multiple flooded roads were reported in these areas with the worst flooding outside of West Hattiesburg in Lamar County. Here water rescues took place and some 20 homes had significant water in the structures.


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Track Map

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Survey Information - Click on the location in the table for additional maps and details

Location Start/
End Time
Event Type Fatalities/
Path Length Path Width
Marion County
3 E Columbia
7:48 pm -
7:48 pm
EF-0 Tornado
75 mph
none 1/4 mile 50 yards
Jones County
6 WSW Moselle to 2 W Moselle
9:28 pm -
9:35 pm
EF-1 Tornado
90 mph
none 4.5 miles 100 yards
Jones County
2 W Ellisville
9:50 pm -
9:51 pm
EF-0 Tornado
80 mph
none 1/2 mile 50 yards



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