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05febAll DayPickens (Yazoo/Madison/Attala Counties, MS)

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Start Time:  3:57 pm CST

End Time: 4:24 pm CST

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 112 mph

Path length: 18.83 miles

Width: 900 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 4

County: Yazoo, Madison, Attala

State:  Mississippi

Start Lat/Lon: 32.8169 / -90.0995

End Lat/Lon: 32.9356 / -89.8099


This tornado touched down in the Vaughan community near Bennett Road and tracked generally northeast to Pickens and then into southwest Attala County.  Initial damage was numerous snapped and uprooted trees and a few power lines down. The tornado grew in size and became a bit stronger as it tracked along and just north of Pepper Wilson Road.  In addition to the tree damage, several outbuildings were damaged along with a dozen or so houses sustaining some degree of roof damage. The tornado crossed I-55 then basically traveled along Vaughan Road as it approached the south side of Pickens.  All along this portion of the path, hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted.  Several power poles were leaning.

Closer to Pickens, the tornado intensified and reached EF2. Significant tree damage was noted just to the south of the road.  One large metal storage shed was destroyed along with several power lines and poles down.  The tornado stayed just south of downtown Pickens and crossed US Highway 51 where many more trees were uprooted and snapped along with a large section of power lines down.  At the natural gas pumping station, a large metal building had some of the walls pulled out. 

The tornado then moved into the Big Black River bottom and into southwest Attala County where tree damage continued as was reported by the property owner.  The tornado then moved out of the river bottom area and destroyed a large hay barn and then snapped 6 power poles along County Road 4002.  Significant tree damage also occurred here to a grove of hardwood trees.  An EF2 rating was given for this part of the path as well.  The tornado continued northeast and crossed a few locations along Highway 14.  A few homes sustained roof damage here along with power lines down and numerous trees damaged. The tornado made a more eastward jog then dissipated along Highway 14.


Sources:

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NWS Jackson Summary


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