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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 9:10 AM CST on December 25, 2014


... NWS damage survey for 12/23/14 tornado event...

.Marion County tornado...

Rating: EF-3
estimated peak wind: 165 mph
path length /statute/: 12 miles
path width /maximum/: 1/2 mile
fatalities: 2
injuries: unknown

Start date: Dec 23 2014
start time: 2:17 PM CST
start location: 2 S Columbia / Marion / MS
start lat/lon: 31.2278 / -89.8309

End date: Dec 23 2014
end time: 2:36 PM CST
end location: 3 ESE improve / Marion /MS
end_lat/lon: 31.3241 / -89.6553

Survey_summary: this tornado first touched down just east of the
Pearl River just south of Columbia. It quickly became strong and
moved northeast impacting the southeast side of Columbia. The
tornado remained on the ground through Marion County before lifting
as it approached the Lamar County line.

Numerous businesses... homes... Mobile homes... a National guard
building and power poles and lines were heavily damaged or destroyed
by the tornado. One well built home was mostly destroyed and nearly
reduced to a slab. This home received the highest rating. Extensive
tree damage also occurred along the path of the storm.

One fatality occurred in a Mobile Home Park where several Mobile
homes were destroyed. A second fatality occurred in a damaged strip
mall.

.Lamar County tornado #1...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 70 mph
path length /statute/: 100 yards
path width /maximum/: 50 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014
start time: 2:45 PM CST
start location: Sumrall / Lamar / MS
start lat/lon: 31.4185 / -89.5465

End date: Dec 23 2014
end time: 2:45 PM CST
end location: Sumrall / Lamar / MS
end_lat/lon: 31.4185 / -89.5465

Survey_summary: the tin roofing was torn off a daycare center and
several large limbs were knocked down from this brief tornado
touchdown.

.Lamar County tornado #2...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 1/4 mile
path width /maximum/: 50 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014
start time: 2:46 PM CST
start location: 1 NE Sumrall / Lamar / MS
start lat/lon: 31.4278 / -89.5344

End date: Dec 23 2014
end time: 2:46 PM CST
end location: 1 NE Sumrall / Lamar / MS
end_lat/lon: 31.4278 / -89.5344

Survey_summary: this tornado briefly touched down in a sub-division
north of Sumrall. Twelve homes received minor roof damage... several
fences were damaged and two trees were downed.


.Jones County tornado...

Rating: EF-2
estimated peak wind: 125 mph
path length /statute/: 5 miles
path width /maximum/: 350 yards
fatalities: 2
injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014
start time: 3:22 PM CST
start location: 5 W Laurel / Jones / MS
start lat/lon: 31.6991 / -89.2235

End date: Dec 23 2014
end time: 3:27 PM CST
end location: 5 N Laurel / Jones / MS
end_lat/lon: 31.7587 / -89.1545

Survey_summary: this tornado caused extensive tree and power line
damage. Some major structural damage was caused with the most
concentrated damage along mullican Road in the Calhoun community.
Here a wood frame home was leveled and a Mobile home was destroyed.
The Mobile home was where the two fatalities resulted.


.Clarke County tornado...

Rating: EF-0
estimated peak wind: 75 mph
path length /statute/: 1/2 mile
path width /maximum/: 100 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: Dec 23 2014
start time: 4:27 PM CST
start location: 3 ENE Crandall / Clarke / MS
start lat/lon: 32.0009 / -88.4845

End date: Dec 23 2014
end time: 4:29 PM CST
end location: 4 ENE Crandall / Clarke / MS
end_lat/lon: 32.0028 / -88.4764

Survey_summary: the tornado started along CR-658 and traveled
northeast. It crossed Pine Ridge Road and ended about one quarter
mile into the Woods. The skirting of a Mobile home was blown out
along with a few large Pine branches and large Tree Tops were broken
off.


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

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS storm data.


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