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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
310 PM CST Tue Jan 10 2017

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 1/2/17 TORNADO EVENT...

.UPDATE...Added Lauderdale County tornado.

.Central Jefferson Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    85 mph
Path Length /statute/:  4.0 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   250 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             1/2/17
Start Time:             102 PM CST
Start Location:         7 ENE McNair, Jefferson County, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.6671/-90.9352

End Date:               1/2/17
End Time:               105 PM CST
End Location:           5 SSW Blue Hill, Jefferson County, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.6998/-90.8813

Survey Summary:
This tornado touched down along Perth Road and tracked northeast
across Highway 28 in central Jefferson County. Damage was only to
trees with many limbs broken and a couple dozen snapped or uprooted
trees. After crossing Highway 28, the tornado mainly tracked just to
the south of Old 20 Road for a couple of miles before dissipating.

.Southeast Claiborne Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  5.62 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             1/2/17
Start Time:             114 PM CST
Start Location:         1 WSW Peyton, Claiborne County, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8337/-90.8228

End Date:               1/2/17
End Time:               120 PM CST
End Location:           4 ENE Peyton, Claiborne County, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.8654/-90.7352

Survey Summary:
This tornado started on Moss Down Lane and tracked northeast for
just over 5 miles. The heaviest damage was where it crossed Highway
547. Here many trees were snapped and uprooted along with power
lines down and damage to a few sheds. The remainder of the path
consisted of damage to trees.

.Lincoln/Copiah Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  6.8 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             1/2/17
Start Time:             121 PM CST
Start Location:         3 ENE Caseyville, Lincoln, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.6904/-90.5888

End Date:               1/2/17
End Time:               128 PM CST
End Location:           11 SW Hazlehurst, Copiah, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.7354/-90.4858

Survey Summary:
This tornado touched down southwest of Norton Assink Road in
northwest Lincoln County and tracked northeast into southern Copiah
County. the heaviest damage was along Jackson-Liberty Road, Old Red
Star Road and Shady Grove Lane. Heavy tree damage occurred at this
location. Historic Sweetwater Methodist Church was damaged where it
was pushed off its foundation. Moderate wall damage occurred due to
this. Further northeast along the path, several sheds were damaged
and some minor roof damage was noted to a few homes. The tornado
crossed Sylvarena Road where more trees were down and a mobile home
had the roof blown off along Brownswell Road. The tornado dissipated
just to the northeast of there.

.Pinola/Mendenhall Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length /statute/:  9.5 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   400 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             1/2/17
Start Time:             202 PM CST
Start Location:         1 WNW Pinola, Simpson, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8836/-89.9774

End Date:               1/2/17
End Time:               212 PM CST
End Location:           2 ESE Mendenhall, Simpson, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.9518/-89.8382

Survey Summary:
This tornado started just west of Pinola and crossed Highway 28 as it
tracked northeast for roughly 10 miles. the heaviest damage was along
Highway 43 and Highway 13 where substantial tree damage occurred with
many trees snapped and uprooted. Several homes sustained roof damage
or damage due to trees on the structure. Four large sheds were
heavily damaged. A chicken farm had 4 houses with moderate damage to
mainly the roofs. The tornado passed just on the south side of
Mendenhall and crossed Highway 49. Here more trees were damaged along
with two structures sustaining roof damage. The tornado dissipated
just after crossing Highway 49.

.Northern Covington Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    115 mph
Path Length /statute/:  4.2 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             1/2/17
Start Time:             221 PM CST
Start Location:         2 S Mount Olive, Covington County, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.7314/-89.6559

End Date:               1/2/17
End Time:               226 PM CST
End Location:           4 E Mount Olive, Covington County, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.7535/-89.5894

Survey Summary:
This tornado touched about a mile west of Highway 49, near Rock Hill
road, and tracked quickly northeast doing a variety of tree and
structural damage on its relatively short path length. A few
structures received heavy damage near the crossing point of Highway
49 with a few large chicken coops being destroyed or receiving
extensive damage about a mile east of Highway 49. The tornado then
continued on a few more miles doing lesser amounts of damage to a few
structures before lifting just after crossing County Road 532.

.Smith/Jasper Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.9 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   275 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             1/2/17
Start Time:             243 PM CST
Start Location:         4 W Stringer, Smith County, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.8590/-89.3335

End Date:               1/2/17
End Time:               247 PM CST
End Location:           Stringer, Jasper County, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.8670/-89.2687

Survey Summary:
This tornado touched down near County Road 33B and continued to the
east before crossing County Road 5 and County Road 713, where many
large trees were snapped and downed and some minor roof damage
occurred to some homes along the path. The tornado continued to the
east-northeast along County Road 10, snapping and downing more trees.
The tornado finally lifted near Highway 15.

.Southeast Lamar/West Forrest Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    105 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.4 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   225 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date:             1/2/17
Start Time:             252 PM CST
Start Location:         3 WSW Purvis, Lamar County, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.1190/-89.4591

End Date:               1/2/17
End Time:               259 PM CST
End Location:           3 N Rock Hill, Forrest County, MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.1266/-89.3182

Survey Summary:
This tornado touched down near Corinth Cutoff Road and continued
towards the east towards Highway 11, about 3 miles west-southwest of
downtown Purvis and around a mile west of Interstate 59. The tornado
tracked quickly east/northeast across the interstate before
dissipating after going about 1.5 miles into western Forrest County.
Along its track the tornado did mostly minor to moderate tree damage,
although a few structures did receive modest damage inside Lamar
County.

.Lauderdale County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    75 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.5 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   75 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/02/2017
Start Time:             03:28 PM CST
Start Location:         6 N Enterprise, Lauderdale County, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          32.2623/-88.8116

End Date:               01/02/2017
End Time:               03:29 PM CST
End Location:           7 S Nellieburg, Lauderdale County, MS
End Lat/Lon:            32.2827/-88.801

Survey Summary:
This brief tornado touched down along Mehan-Savoy Road and tracked
north-northeast as it paralleled I-59. A handful of trees were
snapped or had large limbs broken off. The majority of the tree
damage was blown toward the west as the storm motion was to the
north-northeast.

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 events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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