‘They had always said Vicksburg would never have a tornado because of the river’ – But it did on December 5, 1953. The tornado event began around 5:31 PM just west of the Mississippi River in E. Madison Parish. The tornado passed through downtown Vicksburg around 5:35 PM. The total path length was 7 miles; path width 500 yards. 38 people lost their life and 270 were injured. The tornado that passed through the heart of Vicksburg, MS would later be rated an F5. Hear the history from survivors and from Science and Operations Officer Chad Entremont of the National Weather Service in Jackson, MS. Episode 26: December Disaster! IS ON!
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