Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tornado Chronicles: Shuqualak MS Tornado of 4-11-13...

A strong, long track tornado struck portions of east-central Mississippi and west-central Alabama during the afternoon hours of April 11, 2013.  The above photo was taken by Leonard Kingery near Prairie Point, MS.

Below is a video of the tornado from the same location as the still photo, as captured by Tony Sudduth (warning, some foul language at times):

In all, the tornado was on the ground for just over 68 miles and was rated EF-3 intensity by the National Weather Service (NWS) damage survey team.

The maximum winds associated with this tornado are estimated at 145 mph, as evidenced, at least in part, by the total collapse of this radio transmission tower located in Noxubee County, MS:

One person was killed and 9 others were injured in association with the tornado, which was as much as 3/4 of a mile wide at one point.  Please click the track image below to enlarge:

The tornado initially touched down about 3 miles Southwest of Damascus, MS at  approximately 11:31 a.m. CDT, and lifted 3 miles East/Northeast of Bigbee Valley, AL at approximately 12:48 pm CDT.

The tornado tracked through a relatively rural area, causing widespread damage to trees and power lines.  Several homes and businesses were also affected, especially near Shuqualak, MS:

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