Preliminary: Violent EF-4 tornado battered central Mississippi Friday night

Devestating storms moved through the Magnolia State Friday, March 24, 2023
Recorded at 7 AM Sunday, March 26, 2023
Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 9:49 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2023 at 7:39 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The National Weather Service (NWS) office from Jackson, MS has released preliminary findings from Friday night’s severe weather outbreak.

They say the Rolling Fork/Silver City tornado received a preliminary EF-4 rating with winds between 166 and 200 mph.

The twister had a path length of approximately 59 miles; beginning in northern Issaquena County and ending in northern Holmes County. The tornado was 3/4 mile wide.

It was on the ground for more than one hour from 7:57 PM - 9:08 PM.

Additionally, the Blackhawk/Winona tornado received a preliminary EF-3 rating with winds between 136 and 165 mph.

The storms killed at least 26 people, injured dozens, and flattened entire blocks as it carved a paths of destruction Friday night.

The NWS says they will provide additional details in the coming days as they process and receive additional information.

PREVIOUS: The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson, Mississippi will survey storm damage across the Magnolia State after strong storms moved through the region.

NWS Jackson says they will conduct three storm surveys Saturday for Rolling Fork, Silver City, Tchula, Winona and nearby areas across central Mississippi.

These surveys are in relation to the severe thunderstorms that moved through the area on March 24, 2023, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens more.

A final assessment, including results of the surveys, is expected to be completed by Saturday evening.

A survey team’s mission is to gather data in order to reconstruct a tornado’s life cycle, including where it occurred, when and where it initially touched down and lifted (path length), its width, and its magnitude (wind speeds)

It should also be mentioned that survey teams are occasionally tasked with determining whether damage may have been caused by straight line winds or a tornado.

With respect to tornado damage surveys, one of the most difficult tasks is assigning a rating to a tornado.

Stay tuned for updates as the NWS releases their findings.

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