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February 15, 2016 Tornadoes

 Event Summary

Widespread severe weather occurred on Monday with a mix of damaging winds, hail and several tornadoes. The focus of the severe weather was across Central and Southern Mississippi. The hardest hit areas were across Copiah, Simpson, Smith, and Jasper Counties where the main axis of tornadoes occurred. Other tornadoes occurred in Hinds, Leake and Winston Counties as well. A microburst also downed numerous trees and destroyed a mobile home along the Lincoln/Copiah County line. This event was driven by a potent disturbance that swung across the area during the midday and afternoon hours. As this strong feature dropped into the Lower Mississippi River Valley, a surface low rapidly deepened as it tracked across Central Mississippi. The atmospheric response to this was for a rapid increase in winds aloft and higher low level moisture. This combination set the stage for an unstable environment that contained high levels of wind shear which supported and sustained tornado development.

Tornado Event Track Map

Track Map

 

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Location Start/
End Time
Event Type Fatalities/
Injuries
Path Length Path Width
Hinds County
3 NNE Clinton to 3 NNE Clinton
11:00 AM-
11:01 AM
EF-0 Tornado
75 mph
none 0.5 miles 50 yards
Copiah/Simpson County
SW Wesson to 2 ENE Pinola
12:10 PM-
12:57 PM
EF-2 Tornado
130 mph
none 30.8 miles 250 yards
Leake County
5 SE Thomastown to 5 SSW Singleton
12:15 PM-
12:19 PM
EF-1 Tornado
110 mph
none 1.9 miles 300 yards
Winston County
7 NE Zama to 10 ENE Zama
12:45 PM-
12:50 PM
EF-1 Tornado
105 mph
none 2.5 miles 200 yards
Lincoln/Copiah County
5 NNW Loyd Star to 6 NNE Loyd Star
1:18 PM-
1:23 PM
Straight-line wind
95 mph
Injuries: 2 3.3 miles 1600 yards
Smith County
8 NE Magee to 10 NE Magee
1:24 PM-
1:27 PM
EF-0 Tornado
75 mph
none 2.1 miles 100 yards
Smith County
2 SW Sylvarena to 6 WNW Bay Springs
1:43 PM-
1:47 PM
EF-1 Tornado
105 mph
none 2.7 miles 250 yards
Smith/Jasper County
3 NE Sylvarena to 3 SW Garlandville
1:52 PM-
2:11 PM
EF-1 Tornado
110 mph
none 14.7 miles 350 yards

 


 

Hinds EF-0 Tornado

Hinds County EF-0

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Event Summary
This weak and brief tornado touched down in the Southern Oaks subdivision just off Pinehaven Drive. A few cedar trees were snapped and the top of one hardwood tree was blown off. Additional large limbs were broken. The tornado continued to the northeast into a wooded area before lifting. A brief tornadic debris signature (TDS) was observed as well.

Rating:
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EF-0
Estimated Maximum Wind: 75 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 0.5 miles
Maximum Path Width: 50 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

3 NNE Clinton
11:00 am

Approximate End Point/Time:

3 NNE Clinton
11:01 am

 

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Copiah/Simpson EF-2 Tornado

Copiah/Simpson EF-2

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Event Summary
The tornado began along Highway 51 just southwest of Wesson. As it tracked northeast, it snapped many hardwood trees. It also caused roof damage to Wesson Attendance Center as well as downing trees that fell on employee cars. As the tornado continued across the southern end of Beauregard, it continued to down trees with one falling on a house. Another house had minor roof damage. As the tornado passed south-southeast of Sand Hill, it became more intense with numerous trees snapped along Beauregard Road. The worst damage occurred on Sand Hill Road, where a home was obliterated. This is where the tornado reached its most intense point and winds reached 130 mph. Another home suffered significant roof damage, a shop was destroyed and many trees were blown down. The tornado tracked northeast, downing numerous trees and causing roof damage to a mobile home on Beauregard Road. The tornado then weakened slightly as it tracked into Simpson County and caused roof damage to two homes on Rockport Road. EF1 type damage was found in the Rockport area, which included snapped trees and some minor roof damage along Highway 27, Camp Lane, and Lower Rockport Road.Minor tree damage occurred as the tornado tracked south of Bridgeport. It reintensified near Bushtown Shivers Road and snapped and uprooted softwood trees as it tracked across Highway 28 south of Pinola. The tornado finally lifted near Tom Coke Road on the eastern side of Pinola.

Rating:
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EF-2
Estimated Maximum Wind: 130 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 30.8 miles
Maximum Path Width: 250 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

SW Wesson
12:10 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

2 ENE Pinola
12:57 pm

 

 

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Leake EF-1 Tornado

Leake EF-1

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Event Summary
The tornado began just to the west of Highway 429, snapping some trees near Koli Creek. The tornado then tracked northeast along Cooper Road. In this area, it caused heavy tree damage along the path, snapping or uprooting numerous trees. Also along this road, three chicken houses were flattened and another was damaged. A home suffered minor roof damage. The tornado crossed Waggoner Road and lifted in an adjacent wooded area.

Rating:
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EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind: 110 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 1.9 miles
Maximum Path Width: 300 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

5 SE Thomastown
12:15 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

5 SSW Singleton
12:19 pm

 

 

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Winston EF-1 Tornado

Winston EF-1

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Event Summary
The tornado began west of Hinze-Rural Hill Road near Lobutcha Creek. It snapped several softwood trees and uprooted a few hardwood trees. The tornado then tracked along Hinze Road where it continued to cause tree damage before lifting.

Rating:
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EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind: 105 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 2.5 miles
Maximum Path Width: 200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

7 NE Zama
12:45 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

10 ENE Zama
12:50 pm

 

 

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Lincoln/Copiah Straight-Line Wind Damage

Straight-Line Winds

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Event Summary
An intense microburst occurred along the Lincoln/Copiah County line. Damage occurred just west of Jackson-Liberty Road and N of Norton-Assink Road. Here a mobile home was rolled multiple times and destroyed. A couple minor injuries occurred at this location. Other damage that was noted was many uprooted trees along nearly a 3 mile swath. All of the uprooted trees were blown down to the east-northeast. Along Old Red Star Road, the roof of a metal shed was blown off and tin was blown into a tree along with some tin peeled off the corner of a roof of another home. The width of this damage was nearly 1 mile wide with max winds around 95 mph. The damage ended near Foster Lane near the county line.

Rating:
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N/A
Estimated Maximum Wind: 95 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: Injuries: 2
Damage Path Length: 3.3 miles
Maximum Path Width: 1600 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

5 NNW Loyd Star
1:18 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

6 NNE Loyd Star
1:23 pm

 

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Smith EF-0 Tornado

Smith EF-0

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Event Summary
This brief tornado touched down on Smith County Road 114 in western Smith County. It crossed Georgia Pacific Land and ended back on County Road 114 near Clear Creek. A few trees were downed along the path.

Rating:
(Click for EF Scale)
EF-0
Estimated Maximum Wind: 75 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 2.1 miles
Maximum Path Width: 100 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

8 NE Magee
1:24 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

10 NE Magee
1:27 pm

 

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Sylvarena EF-1 Tornado

Sylvarena EF-1

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Event Summary
The tornado began near Smith County Road 84, where some softwood trees were uprooted. It then tracked northeast into Sylvarena. Here the tornado damaged several structures along Highway 18, including ripping off a gas station canopy and blowing down an antenna. Homes also had roof damage and were damaged by uprooted trees. The tornado continued northeast and lifted amongst some trees south of Ted-Sylvarena Road.

Rating:
(Click for EF Scale)
EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind: 105 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 2.7 miles
Maximum Path Width: 250 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

2 SW Sylvarena
1:43 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

6 WNW Bay Springs
1:47 pm

 

 

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Smith/Jasper EF-1 Tornado

Smith/Jasper EF-1

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Event Summary
The tornado began just west of Smith County Road 107 where it snapped some trees. It then crossed into Jasper County, continuing to uproot and snap trees. The tornado entered Montrose where numerous trees were either snapped or uprooted. There was also damage to several buildings in Montrose, including roof damage to a church as well as damage to houses due to fallen trees. The tornado was at its widest point in Montrose. The tornado continued northeast, following Highway 15. Here it snapped and uprooted trees through the remainder of its path, with a few falling on homes. The tornado lifted just north of the Highway 15 intersection with Jasper County Road 24.

Rating:
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EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind: 110 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: none
Damage Path Length: 14.7 miles
Maximum Path Width: 350 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

3 NE Sylvarena
1:52 pm

Approximate End Point/Time:

3 SW Garlandville
2:11 pm

 

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