SPC Stats

Path length: 128 miles

Width:  880 yards

Fatalities:  12

Injuries:  122

Rating:  F4

County:  Copiah, Simpson, Rankin, Scott, Leake, Attala, Choctaw

A total of 15 tornadoes crossed through parts of Mississippi during the November 21-23, 1992 outbreak.  Most occurred late on the 21st into the week hours of the 22nd.  A total of 15 fatalities occurred in the state, 12 of which occurred in the tornado event documented in this summary.  

This tornado developed in northeast Copiah County, MS, 1 mile north of Hopewell at 1127pm CST.   It crossed through parts of 7 counties and ended 4 miles SW of Mathiston, MS in Choctaw County at 201am CST.  Per the NWS Storm Data entry, the tornado reached maximum strength, F4 in the town of Brandon.  There were several points though along that path that F3 damage was found.   Here are some of the hardest hit communities:

Florence (Rankin County):

  • A mobile home park was hit on the south side.
  • 2 people were killed in one mobile home.

Brandon (Rankin County):

  • Another mobile home park hit destroying 30 homes.
  • 4 were killed and many injured.
  • A large, well built, brick house in the East Haven subdivision was demolished, 4 people killed, 3 of which were Cub Scouts at a sleepover. 

Ludlow (Scott County):

  • Several houses damaged.

Leake County:

  • 3 homes destroyed, 9 others damaged.
  • 1 fatality in the Pine Tree Community west of Carthage.

Attala County:

  • 36 homes destroyed/severely damaged.
  • 12 people injured.

Choctaw County:

  • 101 homes damaged/destroyed.
  • 1 fatality in a mobile home in Weir.
  • 12 injuries.

In the midst of such tragedy, there were stories of hope, survival and miracles.  A 6-day-old baby survived after her family’s mobile home was tossed by the tornado in Florence.  Here is the story from the November 23, 1992 Clarion-Ledger:

Storm Data Entry

The tornado first touched down in northeast Copiah County, 1 mile north of Hopewell and moved northeast across extreme northwest Simpson County.  At 2337 CST, the tornado moved into Rankin County, passing 1 mile southeast of Florence.  The tornado moved through the southwest city limits of Brandon at 2353 CST and continued northeast exiting the county 7 miles east of Sandhill at 0019 CST.  Then it moved into extreme northwest Scott County and into Leake County just north of Ludlow at 0027 CST.  It continued across Leake County passing 6 miles west of Carthage and exited the county 1.5 miles north of Barnes at 0056 CST.  It then continued through Attala County passing 10 miles east of Kosciusko and exited the county 2 miles east of McCool at 0125 CST.  The tornado continued across Choctaw County passing through the town of Weir at 0132 CST and began to slow its forward speed before dissipating 4 miles southwest of Mathiston at 0201 CST.

As the tornado moved across Copiah, Simpson and extreme southwest Rankin Counties, it blew down many trees.  The tornado then moved through a mobile home park in the south side of Florence. There it destroyed several mobile homes and damaged several other residences.  Two people were killed in one of the mobile homes in Florence.  The tornado then moved toward Brandon.  It struck another mobile home park where it destroyed 30 mobile homes and killed 4 people and injured many more. 

As the tornado moved through the south and east sides of Brandon, it damaged or destroyed many more houses and mobile homes.  It completely leveled a large, well built, brick house in the East Haven subdivision and killed 4 people.  In Rankin County, a total of 60 homes were destroyed, over 500 homes were damaged, 10 people were killed and 98 were injured. 

In Scott County, most of the damage was to trees and power lines.  There were several houses damaged around Ludlow.  In Leake County, the tornado destroyed 3 homes and damaged 9 others.  It also destroyed 26 chicken houses and several farm buildings.  One death occurred in Leake County in a mobile home in the Pine Tree Community west of Carthage.

In Attala County, 36 homes were destroyed or severely damaged.  Twelve people were injured.  In Choctaw County, 101 homes were damaged or destroyed.  One person was killed in a mobile home in Weir and 12 others injured.  In all these counties timber damage was extensive.  The tornado appeared to reach is maximum strength in Brandon where it was rated F4, but it had much F3 damage all along the path.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 31.97 / -90.23     End: 33.48 / -89.17

Also used segmented county coordinates provided by NCDC.

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Images Via NWS Jackson

This regional radar image from midnight shows the storm as the tornado was passing through the city of Brandon in Rankin County.
This is a radar overlay tracing from the Jackson WSR-57 radar at 12:30 am. This tracing shows the storm as the tornado was passing through southwestern Leake County

Image via NWS via Natural Disaster Survey Report

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Newspaper Clippings

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

November 1992 Storm Data Publication

NWS Jackson Summary

newspapers.com

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1342.

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