OverviewBy Friday, the Storm Prediction Center had issued a Day 2 Moderate Risk forecast, which continued into the Saturday morning forecast. However, as showers over east AR inched towards the Mississippi River, it became clear that instability would not be quite as high and the Moderate Risk was downgraded to a Slight Risk for west TN and east AR near the Mississippi River. However, sufficient instability was present to produce severe storms resulting in damaging wind of up to 80 mph and five tornado touchdowns in or near the metro, as well as a couple of small hail storms.
Below is a map showing damage reports from the metro region. Click here for a complete listing from NWS-Memphis and details on each event. (Note that the four Mississippi tornado confirmations were made after the map below was created.)
A total of 11 Tornado Warnings, 34 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, and 15 Flash Flood Warnings were issued by NWS-Memphis. Maps of the warnings issued during the day and evening are shown below. Kudos to the forecasters at the Agricenter for staying on top of storms moving at up to 70 mph!
|All Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Flood Warnings issued by NWS-Memphis on 12/21/13|
|All Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued by NWS-Memphis on 12/21/13|
|All Tornado Warnings issued by NWS-Memphis on 12/21/13|
FloodingThe other chief concern was going to be flooding, especially across northeast AR where 4-6" was forecast. The rest of the metro was expected to get 1.5-2". This is nearly exactly what happened, as can be seen in the graphic below. MWN picked up 2.15" of rain Friday and Saturday, while Memphis International Airport received 2.10" for a two-day total.
|Rainfall totals from 7am Saturday through 7am Sunday.|
Tornado SummaryThe first tornado confirmation by the NWS was from Hughes, AR. An EF-2 tornado with maximum wind of 130 mph killed one and injured three, as well as destroying a few mobile homes and damaging other structures. The path length was 15.6 miles and width was 300 yards.
|Hughes, AR tornado damage. Photo courtesy Austin Lewis, Local 24 News, Memphis.|
The third tornado touched down southwest of Senatobia, MS in Tate County, traveling 6.2 miles and peaking at EF-1 strength or 100 mph. There were no fatalities and a handful of homes sustained damage, along with trees being uprooted.
The fourth confirmed tornado occurred in southern Tunica County, MS, producing 90-100 mph (EF-1) wind and traveling 2.7 miles. There were no fatalities or injuries. Damage included a church that was pushed at least ten feet off its foundation, multiple homes damaged, a mobile home rolled, large power lines snapped, and some debris thrown more than a mile.
Finally, a fifth tornado was confirmed near Independence, MS in Tate County. An EF-0 with 65-80 mph was on the ground for approximately 3/4 miles, snapping and uprooting trees, downing power lines, and causing minor roof damage to multiple homes and a church.
Below is the final statement from the NWS on the five tornadoes.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN 745 PM CST TUE DEC 24 2013 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 12/21/13 TORNADO EVENT... ADDED CONFIRMED TORNADOES IN TUNICA AND TATE COUNTIES .TORNADO NEAR HUGHES ARKANSAS... ...START TIME CORRECTED... RATING: EF2 PEAK WIND /ESTIMATED/:130 MPH PEAK LENGTH /STATUTE/: 15.6 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 300 YARDS FATALITIES: 1 INJURIES: 3 START DATE: 12/21/13 START TIME: 0313 PM CST START LOCATION: 6 MILES SOUTHWEST/HUGHES/ARKANSAS START LAT/LON: 34.907/-90.559 END DATE: 12/21/13 END TIME: 0329 PM CST END LOCATION: 1 MILE NORTHWEST OF TARSUS END LAT/LON: 35.099/-90.415 SURVEY SUMMARY: NEAR HUGHES 3 MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED. ROOF DAMAGE OCCURRED TO TWO HOMES AND A BARN WAS DAMAGED. A NUMBER OF IRRIGATION PIVOTS WERE OVERTURNED. NEAR WILDWOOD A METAL SHED WAS DESTROYED. POWER LINES WERE ALSO DAMAGED ALONG THE PATH. .TORNADO NEAR RENA LARA MISSISSIPPI... RATING: EF2 PEAK WIND /ESTIMATED/: 120 MPH PEAK LENGTH /STATUTE/: 10.4 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 300 YARDS FATALITIES: 1 INJURIES: AT LEAST 1 START DATE: 12/21/13 START TIME: 519 PM CST START LOCATION: RENA LARA MISSISSIPPI START LAT/LON: 34.149/-90.767 END DATE: 12/21/13 END TIME: 528 PM CST END LOCATION: CLARKSDALE MISSISSIPPI END LAT/LON: 34.210/-90.607 SURVEY SUMMARY: MAJOR DAMAGE TO MOBILE HOME WHERE FATALITY OCCURRED. COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF 2 LARGE GARAGE SHEDS. 2 FOOTBALL LIGHT POLES BENT AND DESTROYED AT COAHOMA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. ROOF AND WINDOW DAMAGE TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON BOBO-SHARARD ROAD. SEVERAL HOMES WITH MINOR TO SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE TO 4 HOMES ON COUNTY ROAD 332. SEVERAL TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED OFF ALONG THE PATH OF THE TORNADO. .TORNADO NEAR SENATOBIA MISSISSIPPI... RATING: EF1 PEAK WIND /ESTIMATED/: 100 MPH PEAK LENGTH /STATUTE/: 6.2 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS FATALITIES: NONE INJURIES: UNKNOWN START DATE: 12/21/13 START TIME: 557 PM CST START LOCATION: 10.1 MILES SW SENATOBIA /COUNTY ROAD 310 WEST OF COMO/ START LAT/LON: 34.519/-90.094 END DATE: 12/21/13 END TIME: 602 PM CST END LOCATION: 4.3 MILES SW SENATOBIA /HAMILTON HILL ROAD/ END LAT/LON: 34.570/-90.005 SURVEY SUMMARY: 4 HOMES RECEIVED ROOF DAMAGE WITH A 2 STORY HOME RECEIVING DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COVERED PORCH BEING LIFTED AND DEPOSITED ONTO ROOF OF GARAGE. SEVERAL TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED OFF NEARBY AT THE STARTING LOCATION OF THE TORNADO. .TORNADO IN SOUTHERN TUNICA COUNTY... RATING: EF1 PEAK WIND /ESTIMATED/: 90-100 MPH PEAK LENGTH /STATUTE/: 2.7 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 200 YARDS FATALITIES: NONE INJURIES: NONE START DATE: 12/21/13 START TIME: 540 PM CST START LOCATION: FLEA HARBOR ROAD OFF OF US HIGHWAY 61 START LAT/LON: 34.4465/-90.4171 END DATE: 12/21/13 END TIME: 544 PM CST END LOCATION: SIX MILE LAKE ROAD NEAR BENNETT RD END LAT/LON: 34.4665/-90.3769 SURVEY SUMMARY: CHURCH PUSHED OFF ITS FOUNDATION BY 10 FEET OR MORE...MULTIPLE HOMES DAMAGED ON FLEA HARBOR ROAD. TRAILER ROLLED AND DEBRIS THROWN FOR AT LEAST A MILE FROM HOMES. POWERLINES SNAPPED...WITH LARGE POWERLINES SNAPPED ON SIX MILE LAKE ROAD. .TORNADO NEAR INDEPENDENCE MISSISSIPPI... RATING: EF0 PEAK WIND /ESTIMATED/: 65-80 MPH PEAK LENGTH /STATUTE/: .75 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 100 YARDS FATALITIES: NONE INJURIES: UNKNOWN START DATE: 12/21/13 START TIME: 613 PM CST START LOCATION: NEAR MAYS AND WAKEFIELD ROAD START LAT/LON: 34.7412/-89.7413 END DATE: 12/21/13 END TIME: 617 PM CST END LOCATION: ALONG MAYS ROAD END LAT/LON: 34.7454/-89.7296 SURVEY SUMMARY: MULTIPLE TREES SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. MANY HOMES WITH MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. CHURCH WITH MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. POWERLINES DOWNED. $$
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