SPC Stats

Path length: 20 miles

Width:  1760 yards

Fatalities:  3

Injuries:  57

Rating:  F3

County:  Lauderdale

This late night tornado developed along Highway 11, 1 mile south of Savoy or about 8 miles SSW of Meridian, MS.  It moved to the northeast and pushed through the community of Zero and into the southside of Vimville.  It ended near Alamucha.

The tornado was given a rating of F3.  255 dwellings were damaged/destroyed, most in the Zero community.  The damage included 23 homes and 47 mobiles homes that were completely destroyed. 46 homes and 19 mobile homes had major damage.  One school had major damage in Vimville. Timber damage was estimated at $1.8 million.

57 people were injured, 6 critically. Three people were killed in mobile homes.

I have attached a few articles about Thomas Moody.  He was a 3-month-old who was found hanging upside down in a pine tree after the tornado hit his families’ mobile home in Zero.  He survived.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 31.30 / -92.47   End:  31.53 / -92.40      

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

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the March 1992 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Width:

  • SPC/NCDC have the width at 1760 yards 
  • Grazulis puts the width at 1500 yards.

Latitude/Longitude:

Something seemed off when I plotted the official SPC lat/lon. There were no communities in the path yet the summary submitted into Storm Data mentioned several communities:  Zero, Vimville and Alamucha.  I plotted those towns on the map and it seems the ending lat/lon is incorrect.  It is too far south.  The Storm Data summary states the path started “down along Highway 11, 1 mile south of Savory” – Savory is a typo, it should be Savoy.

    Sources:

    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    March 1992 Storm Data Publication

    Tornado ‘miracle baby’ looks back on 15 years of fame – Article via WMC Action News 5

    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 1329.

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