An overview page for the devastating February 21-22, 1971 Mississippi Delta outbreak.
This is the third of a three-part series focusing on the Delhi, LA-Inverness, MS F5 tornado of February 21, 1971. This summary explores the twister’s trek through Inverness and Moorhead, the most densely populated locations struck during the Delta outbreak.
The second of the “big three” twisters in the 1971 Delta Outbreak was the deadliest United States tornado of the 1970s. In fact, it was the last to cause more than 50 fatalities in the country until 2011. This vortex struck no major population centers, but its longevity and ferocity were of the kind that is rarely matched. The profoundly moving accounts we have compiled tell the story of what is nationally the worst single tornado track of the late 20th century.
This is the second of a three-part series focusing on the Delhi, LA-Inverness, MS F5 tornado of February 21, 1971. This summary explores the twister at the height of its power in rural farmland, from the state border with Mississippi through Cameta plantation, Delta City, and up to the Isola area.
Only three weeks before a major outbreak would hit the Mississippi Delta, a small but devastating tornado event would occur. In the blink of an eye, a dedicated city of Grenada police officer lost his entire family. We had the honor to interview that police officer, Christopher Columbus Hankins, for an update to this summary.
Tuscaloosa County was now left behind for Jefferson, and with it, a new metro area; Birmingham. This section covers the tornado’s approach to the city and entering the first outskirt community of Concord. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
This violent tornado was one of the longest tracked of the Super Outbreak, traveling over 130 miles through parts of Mississippi and Alabama. Many rural homes were leveled with EF4 damage occurring near Louin and Enterprise, MS. Seven people were killed. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
One of the most meteorologically infamous tornadoes on April 27, 2011, was an EF5 that tracked through four Mississippi counties. While not producing the amount of damage and loss of life the other EF5s of that day did, it caused the most extreme ground scouring ever documented. Check out this premium summary by becoming a member!
One of the most violent tornadoes in recorded human history tore through several communities in Mississippi and Alabama. Twenty-three were killed, and roughly 61 injured. The human impacts were horrific, and the damage inconceivable. There are two summaries detailing the event. One focuses on the Smithville, MS side. The second examines the portion in Alabama, which principally affected the communities of Shottsville and Hodges. Beyond connecting the two summaries, this overview page also features track maps and discrepancies.
This was the predecessor to the infamous Smithville tornado. The areas damaged by this twister received very little attention, and no complete survey was made of the track by the National Weather Service (NWS). We dug deep into both the stories and the damage. What we found was astounding.