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Severe Weather Event 
Christmas Day 2012

A complex weather system involving a warm front lifting from the Gulf of Mexico, a strong cold front moving west to east through the area and a developing low pressure system impacted the area on Christmas Day (December 25, 2012).  Numerous showers and thunderstorms developed in response to the warm front and then a squall line eventually moved through, producing numerous reports of thunderstorm wind damage and a few tornadoes.  For the second time in December, our area was hit by three tornadoes.  While tornadoes are not common in our area in December, they are also very much a possibility.  For more information on December tornadoes in our area, please visit our December Tornado Information Page.

NWS survey teams from WFO New Orleans/Baton Rouge found that three tornadoes touched down in the area.  In addition, some straight line winds also caused damage in East Baton Rouge Parish.  Individual web pages explaining each event along with survey information is located at the bottom of this page.  

Here is a link to the Local Storm Report Summary which was captured after the event.   

 Survey Information 


Location Start/
End Time
Event Type/
Max Winds
Path Length Path Width
Pearl River County
2.75 miles SW of McNeil, MS to 12 miles E of Poplarville, MS
Tuesday 12/25
3:10 PM - 3:45 PM CST
EF-3 Tornado
140 mph
0 fatalities
8 injuries
24 miles (in our warning area) 175 yards
Wilkinson and Amite Counties
1 mile S of Centreville, MS to 2.7 miles E of Centreville, MS
Tuesday 12/25
2:31 PM - 2:38 PM CST
EF-1 Tornado
105 mph
0 fatalities
1 injury
3 miles 250 yards
Jefferson Parish
1.9 miles S of Marrero, LA to 1.6 miles SSE of Marrero, LA
Tuesday 12/25
6:20 PM - 6:21 PM CST
EF-0 Tornado
85 mph
None 0.8 miles 30