11janAll DayBenoit/Renova (Desha County, AR/Bolivar County MS)


Start Time:  3:48 am CST

End Time:  4:11 am CST

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 134 mph

Path length: 23.43 miles

Width:  2600 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 4

County:  Deisha (AR), Bolivar (MS)

State:  Arkansas, Mississippi

Start Lat/Lon: 33.6662 / -91.0604

End Lat/Lon: 33.8076 / -90.6907

An EF-2 tornado touched down in Bolivar County near the Mississippi River. Tree damage could be seen from atop the levee just west of Benoit. The tornado tracked through farmland just north of Benoit where it knocked down trees and powerlines.  It also damaged heavy farm equipment and destroyed a farm equipment shelter, ripping and tossing it s concrete anchors over 100 yards. The tornado then crossed HWY 1 where it destroyed some large grain bins and snapped numerous power poles.

The tornado proceeded into the Dahomey NWR where it knocked down trees and power poles. The most substantial damage was noted as the tornado crossed HWY 8 between Pace and Cleveland. It snapped 40+wooden power poles along Hwy 8.  The tornado uprooted and snapped trees and damaged some well built homes in the area NW of Cleveland. This is also the area where the tornado snapped several concrete power poles. Several mobile homes were destroyed along South Bayou Rd, injuring 3 people. More mobile homes were destroyed on McCain Rd, injuring 1.

The tornado proceeded to cross US 61 where it snapped more power poles and damaged homes near Tolliver Rd. It also damaged some steel power trusses and a business along HWY 61 in Renova.  The tornado lifted east of US 61 before crossing into Sunflower County.


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