Path length: 15.9 miles
Width: 400 yards
An F3 tornado traveled 15.9 miles through parts of Harrison County, MS on this day in 1980. The max width was 400 yards and there were 25 injuries reported. Most of the damage was in the Gulfport area (estimated damage at $10 million at that time). Damage NE of Gulfport was more intermittent mainly in wooded areas. The tornado lifted on the Harrison-Jackson County line, 6 miles north of Biloxi.
35 homes, 5 mobile homes, 70 apartment units, 36 businesses, 19 cars and 7 boats were destroyed. 592 homes, 19 mobile homes, 135 apartment units, 376 businesses, 212 cars, 23 boats and 7 airplanes were damaged. A community center was “flattened” and the control tower at the Gulfport Regional Airport was damaged.
April 1980 Storm Data Publication980
Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1221.
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