Path length: 30.34 miles
Width: 250 yards
County: Copiah, Simpson
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SPC coordinates: Start: 31.696 / -90.4023 End: 31.8844 / -89.9357
Note: Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.
Seventeen tornadoes were confirmed on February 15, 2016. Almost half of these were in the state of Mississippi. This summary looks at an EF2 with max winds of 130 mph that crossed through parts of Copiah and Simpson Counties. The path length was just over 30 miles and the max width of 250 yards. There were no fatalities or injuries reported.
The tornado developed along Highway 51 southwest of Wesson in Copiah County. It moved to the northeast, snapping numerous hardwood trees. It hit the Wesson Attendance Center and caused roof damage. Several trees fell on the cars of employees. At the southern edge of Beauregard, a tree fell on one home, and another had minor roof damage.
The worst damage was found on Sand Hill Road. Per the NWS survey, the “home was obliterated.” In this area, another home had significant roof damage, and a shop was destroyed. A mobile home was damaged on Beauregard Road.
The tornado weakened a bit as it moved into Simpson County. Mainly tree and roof damage was found in the Rockport area. The tornado lifted near Tom Coke Road on the east side of Pinola.
Damage Photos from the NWS Jackson Survey
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the February 2016 Storm Data Publication and the NWS Jackson Summary and found the following differences:
- The SPC and NCDC have the length at 30.34 miles.
- The NWS Jackson Summary has a slight difference in the path length at 30.8 miles.
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