Path length: 20 miles
Width: 1760 yards
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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.
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 mobile 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, six critically. Three people were killed in mobile homes.
I have attached a few articles about Tanner 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.
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:
- SPC/NCDC have the width at 1760 yards.
- Grazulis puts the width at 1500 yards.
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.
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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