SPC Stats

Path length: 40 miles

Width:  200 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F3

County:  Simpson, Smith, Jasper

On November 27, 1994, 18 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of the South.  Four were given an F3 rating.  In this summary, we look at one of those F3s.  It had a long track of 40 miles through parts of Simpson, Smith and Jasper Counties in Mississippi.

This tornado began just NW of Magee.  The most intense, F3 damage was found across the northern part of town.  40-50 houses/mobile homes had major damage.  Estella Snell and her 2-year-old son, Billy, were killed when a tree fell into their mobile home.  

Through Smith County, most of the damage was to trees and power lines. Several chicken houses were destroyed in Jasper County.  Per Storm Data, the damage within these 2 counties were F0/F1.

Storm Data Entry

This tornado touched down 1 mile northwest of Magee in Simpson County moved northeast and moved into Smith County, 4 miles southwest of Cohay, at 2225CST. The tornado moved across Smith County and moved into Jasper County, 4 miles west of Louin, at around 2300CST. The tornado lifted at 2315CST 3 miles south of Baxter.

The most intense segment of this tornado (F3) was when it moved across the north portions of Magee. Forty to fifty houses or mobile homes had major damage. Two people were killed in Magee when a large tree fell across their mobile home. Most of the damage in Smith County was to trees and power lines. In Jasper County, several chicken hou ses were destroyed around Montrose and most other damage as to trees. The tornado was weaker in Smith and Jasper counties and ranged from F0-F1.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 31.88 / -89.75     End: 32.22 / -89.17

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

Newspaper Clippings

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

November 1994 Storm Data Publication

newspapers.com

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1371.

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