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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
615 PM CST MON JAN 5 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/03/15 TORNADO EVENT...
...EIGHT TORNADOES CONFIRMED...


.OAK VALE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    70 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             205 PM CST
START LOCATION:         S OAK VALE / LAWRENCE / MS
START LAT/LON:          31.4323 / -89.9637

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               205 PM CST
END LOCATION:           S OAK VALE / LAWRENCE / MS
END LAT/LON:            31.4325 / -89.9626

SURVEY SUMMARY: A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS OBSERVED BY MULTIPLE
TRAINED SPOTTERS NEAR THE OAK VALE COMMUNITY. NO NOTABLE DAMAGE
WAS IDENTIFIED IN THE AREA.

.NW COVINGTON COUNTY TORNADO #1...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             236 PM CST
START LOCATION:         5 NE LONE STAR / COVINGTON / MS
START LAT/LON:          31.6798 / -89.6763

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               239 PM CST
END LOCATION:           4 S MOUNT OLIVE / COVINGTON / MS
END LAT/LON:            31.6972 / -89.6553

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO BEGAN ALONG SUNSET ROAD...WHERE THE ROOF
OF A MOBILE HOME WAS DAMAGED. IT CONTINUED NORTHEAST...SNAPPING TREES
ALONG COOLEY SPRINGS-COULTER ROAD AND STROUD ROAD BEFORE LIFTING.

.NW COVINGTON COUNTY TORNADO #2...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             239 PM CST
START LOCATION:         4 S MOUNT OLIVE / COVINGTON / MS
START LAT/LON:          31.6983 / -89.6478

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               240 PM CST
END LOCATION:           4 SSE MOUNT OLIVE / COVINGTON / MS
END LAT/LON:            31.7064 / -89.6341

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO BEGAN ALONG THE EAST END OF STROUD
ROAD...SNAPPING NUMEROUS TREES AS IT CONTINUED EASTWARD ACROSS
BURTONS CREEK ROAD...AND ENDING NEAR ROCK HILL ROAD. THE MOST
IMPRESSIVE TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED AS THE TORNADO CROSSED BURTONS CREEK
ROAD...WHERE THE TORNADO REACHED ITS PEAK INTENSITY.

.ROSE HILL TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    130 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  8.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             304 PM CST
START LOCATION:         5 WSW ROSE HILL / JASPER / MS
START LAT/LON:          32.1304 / -89.0711

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               317 PM CST
END LOCATION:           6 N ROSE HILL / NEWTON / MS
END LAT/LON:            32.2245 / -88.9909

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO DEVELOPED ABOUT A HALF MILE SOUTHEAST OF
THE INTERSECTION OF MS HIGHWAY 503 AND CR 20...QUICKLY STRENGTHENING
AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST TOWARD THE INTERSECTION. THE STORM WAS AT ITS
STRONGEST AT THIS POINT...DESTROYING FIVE MOBILE HOMES...SNAPPING
SEVERAL UTILITY POLES...AND CAUSING EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE. IT
CONTINUED NORTHEAST ALONG THE EAST SIDE OF HIGHWAY 503...DOWNING
TREES NEAR CR 50323...AND THEN BEGAN TO PARALLEL THE EASTERN SEGMENT
OF CR 20. ALONG THIS ROADWAY...MUCH OF THE ROOF WAS REMOVED FROM A
HOUSE...SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED...AND MINOR DAMAGE
OCCURRED TO ANOTHER HOUSE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED CR 2026...WHERE
A MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED...AND CR 50325...WHERE MORE TREES WERE
SNAPPED. FARTHER NORTHEAST AN OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF MS HIGHWAY 504 AND CR 2420. THE TORNADO DAMAGED
UTILITY POLES JUST ACROSS THE NEWTON COUNTY LINE WHERE IT FINALLY
LIFTED. IN ALL TEN HOMES WERE DESTROYED ALONG THE PATH OF THE
TORNADO.

.SOUTHEAST NEWTON COUNTY TO MEEHAN TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  9.9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             324 PM CST
START LOCATION:         4 S CHUNKY / NEWTON / MS
START LAT/LON:          32.2658 / -89.9335

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               336 PM CST
END LOCATION:           3 WSW NELLIEBURG / LAUDERDALE / MS
END LAT/LON:            32.371 / -88.8235

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO BEGAN IN SOUTHEAST NEWTON COUNTY ALONG
GRIFFIS FOUNTAIN ROAD...WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED. IT
CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD INTO WESTERN LAUDERDALE COUNTY...SNAPPING
TREES AS IT CROSSED POINT WANITA LAKE ROAD...THE CHUNKY RIVER...AND
US HIGHWAY 80. IT THEN CAUSED ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOUSE AND DAMAGED AN
OUTBUILDING AS IT CROSSED SUQUALENA MEEHAN ROAD. ADDITIONAL TREES
WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED AS THE TORNADO CROSSED I-20...THEN A FEW
TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG SUQUALENA GRAHAM ROAD SHORTLY BEFORE THE
TORNADO LIFTED.

.BAILEY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             348 PM CST
START LOCATION:         5 ENE SUQUALENA / LAUDERDALE / MS
START LAT/LON:          32.4741 / -88.7416

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               355 PM CST
END LOCATION:           5 WSW MERIDIAN STATION / LAUDERDALE / MS
END LAT/LON:            32.511 / -88.7004

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO BEGAN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF KING
ROAD AND MS HIGHWAY 495 AND TRACKED NORTHEAST ALONG KING ROAD. IT
THEN MOVED ACROSS MS HIGHWAY 493 AND ESPEY HEDGEPETH ROAD BEFORE
ENDING JUST BEYOND MOUNT CARMEL ROAD. NUMEROUS PINE TREES WERE
SNAPPED AND SEVERAL HOUSES EXPERIENCED ROOF DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH. A
SHED WAS ALSO DESTROYED.

.EAST LAUDERDALE COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             431 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 SE LAUDERDALE / LAUDERDALE / MS
START LAT/LON:          32.4879 / -88.4841

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               435 PM CST
END LOCATION:           4 ESE LAUDERDALE / LAUDERDALE / MS
END LAT/LON:            32.4986 / -88.4398

SURVEY SUMMARY: THIS TORNADO BEGAN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF KEWANEE
ROAD AND CUBA ROAD...AND ENDED JUST EAST OF LUTHER RAY COBB ROAD.
MULTIPLE TREES WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR SNAPPED AND ONE BUILDING
RECEIVED MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.

.NORTH LOWNDES COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    70 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1/4 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JAN 03 2015
START TIME:             453 PM CST
START LOCATION:         4 NNE CALEDONIA / LOWNDES / MS
START LAT/LON:          33.7349 / -88.2927

END DATE:               JAN 03 2015
END TIME:               453 PM CST
END LOCATION:           4 NNE CALEDONIA / LOWNDES / MS
END LAT/LON:            33.7361 / -88.2888

SURVEY SUMMARY: A BRIEF TORNADO SNAPPED THE TOPS OF MULTIPLE PINE
TREES JUST NORTH OF GRANT ROAD IN FAR NORTHERN LOWNDES COUNTY.


SPECIAL THANKS TO NWS BIRMINGHAM FOR HELPING SURVEYING DAMAGE IN
LOWNDES AND LAUDERDALE COUNTIES!


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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AG/DB/NWS BMX/DL





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