SPC Stats

Path length: 15.9 miles

Width:  400 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  25

Rating:  F3

County:  Harrison

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.  

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 30.37 / -89.10   End:  30.50 / -88.88   

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings


The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

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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