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05febAll DayRaleigh (Smith County, MS)

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Start Time:  3:20 pm CST

End Time: 3:24 pm CST

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 115 mph

Path length: 2.65 miles

Width: 440 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County: Smith

State:  Mississippi

Start Lat/Lon: 32.0906 / -89.5363

End Lat/Lon: 32.1173 / -89.5045


The tornado starting point was confirmed by drone footage just west of Bienville National Forest Rd 527. It moved northeast, snapping and uprooting multiple trees in a convergent pattern as it crossed this road. Tree damage ramped up considerably just east of this location with more considerable tree fall as the tornado crossed Bienville National Forest Rd 527-D, including a high percentage of snapped softwood trees and
a few snapped hardwoods. In a previously-cleared forest area to the north of this road, nearly all of the dead trees that had remained standing were snapped within and along the tornado path. The road was blocked by numerous downed trees. Footage from a
drone showed a well-defined vortex pattern in the fallen trees in this vicinity. The tornado weakened as it crossed MS Highway 35 north of Shongelo Lake and Smith CR 120, where just a few trees were uprooted. It uprooted a few more trees along Government Road, including one that blocked the roadway, before lifting.

The National Weather Service would like to thank both MEMA and Logan Poole for providing drone footage along the path of this tornado.


Sources:

Public Information Statement

NWS Jackson Summary


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