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Displaying AFOS PIL: PNSJAN Received: 2017-01-23 03:50 UTC

NOUS44 KJAN 230353

950 PM CST Sun Jan 22 2017

...Public Information Statement...

...NWS Damage Survey For January 21, 2017 Tornado Event...

.Lamar/Forrest Tornado...

Rating:                 EF3 
Estimated Peak Wind:    145 mph 
Path Length /statute/:  24.2 miles 
Path Width /maximum/:   900 yards
Fatalities: 4 
Injuries: 56

Start Date:             01/21/2017
Start Time:             03:35 AM CST
Start Location:         5 WNW Purvis / Lamar County / MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.1855 / -89.4799

End Date:               01/21/2017
End Time:               04:05 AM CST
End Location:           1 WSW Tallahala / Forrest County / MS
End Lat/Lon:            31.3839 / -89.1465

Summary: This tornado began along Purvis-Oloh Road, about 5 miles
west northwest of Purvis. It tracked northeast across portions of
Lamar County causing mainly tree damage, uprooting and snapping
softwood and hardwood trees. It caused some minor structural damage
as well. The tornado crossed Old Highway 11, continuing to cause
mainly tree damage. The tornado began to gain strength as it reached
Slade Road, where some homes received roof damage. As the tornado
crossed Sullivan Kilrain Road, additional homes received significant
roof and structural damage. The tornado continued to gain strength
as it crossed into Forrest County. There it struck a subdivision
along Nellwood Drive, Lakeland Drive and Crestwood Drive and caused
significant damage to many homes. Several homes received significant
roof and structural damage. One home sustained significant damage
and also was the site of one of the fatalities. As the tornado
continued to track northeast, it caused tree damage and powerline
damage. It struck a church along Helveston Road, which suffered
damage to the top floor. As the tornado approached William Cary
College, it intensified to EF3 strength, causing damage to numerous
buildings on campus. The tornado then affected a mobile home park,
downing trees and causing damage to mobile homes. Here, two more
fatalities occurred. It then caused structural damage to several
homes, churches and businesses on James Street and Alcorn Road.
Another fatality occurred on Alcorn Road, when a tree fell on a
home. The tornado continued to track northeast, crossing the Leaf
River and headed into Petal. Here the tornado got very wide and
continued to cause EF2 type damage to businesses along Main Street
and into the neighborhoods on the southern side of the city.
Significant tree damage occurred and countless homes had minor to
major roof damage in the neighborhood south of Hillcrest Loop. As
the tornado reached Sun Circle, it intensified to EF3 strength again
and caused significant damage to a few homes as well as moderate
damage to many homes in the neighborhood.  Beyond the subdivision
along Sun Circle, the tornado caused tree damage again before
reaching Evelyn Gandy Parkway. Here, it intensified to EF2 strength.
It caused structural damage to an AT&T store by lifting the roof of
the strip mall. It caused additional roof damage to several homes
and a church along the Parkway as well as along Springridge Road and
Corinth Road.  As the tornado tore across Shawnee Trail, it caused
impressive tree damage, which included snapping and uprooting
hardwood and softwood trees. As the tornado tracked just south of
HDR Lane, it took down two metal electrical transmission lines. The
tornado then destroyed a house along Macedonia Road, as well as
causing additional roof to other homes and taking down numerous
trees. Additional impressive tree damage occurred along Old Richton
Road and Tyroby Lane. The tornado continued to down trees as it
tracked across Old Richton Road into Perry County. The tornado path
length in just Lamar and Forrest counties was 24.2 miles, although 
the entire path of the tornado in total was 31.3 miles. 

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into
the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.