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NOUS44 KMEG 270340

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National Weather Service Memphis TN
1040 PM CDT Sun Mar 26 2023

...NWS Damage Survey for 03/24/23 Tornado Event - Update #2...

.Update...Updated to include the Monroe County tornado.

.Monroe County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF3
Estimated Peak Wind:    155 mph
Path Length /statute/:  36.91 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1600 yards
Fatalities:             2
Injuries:               UKN

Start Date:             03/24/2023
Start Time:             10:38 PM CDT
Start Location:         5 ENE Trebloc / Chickasaw County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          33.8527 / -88.7576

End Date:               03/24/2023
End Time:               11:09 PM CDT
End Location:           5 SW Bexar / Itawamba County / AL
End Lat/Lon:            34.1294 / -88.2141

Survey Summary:
The tornado began near County Roads 173 and 182 southwest of Egypt
in far eastern Chickasaw County. It traveled northeast across
County Road 179, causing numerous snapped and uprooted trees. This
tornado crossed Highway 45 West near the intersection of Old
Houston Road, rapidly intensifying as it approached Egypt and
Tumblin Roads. Several structures sustained significant damage,
including the total destruction of a couple of single-wide,
manufactured homes. Numerous trees and utility poles were heavily
damaged in the area and roof damage was noted on several homes.
Several injuries were reported in this area.

The tornado continues to move northeast, crossing White Rock Road
and causing widespread, significant tree damage, and roof damage
to several homes in the path.The tornado strengthened further as
it approached McAllister Road. Several homes in the area of
McAllister and Herndon Roads suffered significant damage with
missing roofs and collapsed walls. A single-wide, manufactured
home on Herndon Road was separated from its frame and completely
destroyed, resulting in 2 fatalities and multiple significant
injuries. Tree damage was severe with many hardwood trees snapped
or uprooted. Additional home and widespread, significant tree
damage was observed along Whatley Road near the intersection with
Highway 45 East south of New Wren. The tornado was near one mile
wide at this point.

One manufactured home was destroyed with debris blown 200 yards
down to the highway. A church was destroyed and several homes
suffered significant damage. Several homes sustained severe
damage along Little Coontail Road, including the complete
destruction of multiple manufactured homes. A boat was tossed
more than 50 yards and an SUV was thrown into a tree. Some of this
damage along Highway 45 East and Little Coontail Road was rated
EF3. Farther east along Coontail Road, damage to homes was less
significant and was generally confined to minor roof damage.
However, severe tree damage continued. The tornado then moved into
more wooded, wetland areas, crossing Highway 278 where it
intersects with the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. Widespread,
significant damage to homes and trees was observed all throughout
the northern half of Amory. Several locations in Amory sustained
damage rated as EF3.

The tornado continued to cause damage to trees and homes as it
moved across the Amory Golf Course, then affecting Myrtle and
Elliott Roads. A few homes suffered significant roof damage to the
south of Smithville near Parham Store Road and Williams Young
Road and widespread tree damage continued. The tornado path began
to narrow as the storm moved into northern Monroe County with tree
damage found along Highway 23 and State Line Road. Tree damage
became more intermittent as the tornado moved into southern
Itawamba County with additional trees down across State Line Road.
The tornado finally lifted as it approached Wilson Road.

Further adjustments may be made to the track based on additional
information, including aerial imagery and drone footage.

.Union County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.73 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   125 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             03/25/2023
Start Time:             09:38 PM CDT
Start Location:         5 N Blue Springs / Union County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          34.4721 / -88.8706

End Date:               03/25/2023
End Time:               09:39 PM CDT
End Location:           5 N Blue Springs / Union County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            34.4751 / -88.8583

Survey Summary:
The short-lived tornado initially touched down just southwest of
county road 222. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted at the
beginning of the path. The tornado traveled northeast and damaged
an outbuilding and patio at a residence. Numerous trees were
uprooted on the same property. This tornado traveled up county
road 180 causing minor roof damage to several homes. The tornado
lifted just north of the intersection of county roads 180 and
222. A lone injury occurred in the same area as a tree fell on a
moving vehicle with a male passenger inside.

.Pope Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.39 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/24/2023
Start Time:             08:25 PM CDT
Start Location:         5 E Crowder / Panola County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          34.1625 / -90.0458

End Date:               03/24/2023
End Time:               08:34 PM CDT
End Location:           1 SE Courtland / Panola County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            34.2287 / -89.9236

Survey Summary:
The tornado developed along Three Wheeler Road in extreme
southern Panola County. This tornado caused intermittent tree
damage as it moved northeast across Cole Road and Crowder Pope
Road. Additional tree damage was noted along Gleaton Road and
Main Street on the southwest side of Pope. A structure sustained
minor roof damage in this area. Numerous trees were uprooted
across eastern Pope with one large tree falling on a home and
causing structural damage. The tornado continued to move
northeast across Green Road, causing damage to trees and an
outbuilding near Interstate 55 and Hentz Road. This tornado
lifted shortly after crossing the Interstate.

.Southeast Panola Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length /statute/:  6.18 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/24/2023
Start Time:             08:38 PM CDT
Start Location:         5 E Courtland / Panola County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          34.2381 / -89.8482

End Date:               03/24/2023
End Time:               08:44 PM CDT
End Location:           7 E Endville / Panola County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            34.2933 / -89.7661

Survey Summary:
The tornado formed near the intersection of Eureka Road and
Crouch Road, moving northeast and affecting the areas along
Holmes Road and Henderson Road. Numerous trees were snapped or
uprooted along this path with minor roof damage observed and a
few snapped utility poles. This tornado then crossed both Dees
Road and Highway 315 where significant tree damage was observed.
Minor damage occurred to trees and a few outbuildings along
Joiner Road where the tornado finally lifted.

.Burgess Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  4.08 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   125 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             03/24/2023
Start Time:             08:47 PM CDT
Start Location:         4 WSW Burgess / Panola County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          34.3219 / -89.7309

End Date:               03/24/2023
End Time:               08:51 PM CDT
End Location:           Burgess / Lafayette County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            34.3436 / -89.667

Survey Summary:
The tornado produced minor damage near the intersection of Shady
Grove Road and Perkins Road in extreme eastern Panola County. It
then moved east-northeast into Lafayette County, following County
Road 317 and causing sporadic, but significant, tree damage from
Murphy Ridge Road to County Road 362. Minor structural damage was
noted along the path, mainly to barns and outbuildings.


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.