One of the most destructive local tornado outbreaks in recent years was the deadly April 25-27, 2011 “Super Outbreak”. Over 300 tornadoes struck the deep South, with 43 of those tornadoes right here in our state.
This is the only time in recorded history where Mississippi had two EF-5 tornadoes
inthe same day!
One of those EF-5 twisters happened near Philadelphia in Neshoba County. This tornado dug a path 29 miles long and half-a-mile wide. Winds in the tornado were estimated to be 205 MPH.
This single tornado killed three people inside a mobile home, throwing it 300 yards… that’s three football fields. Eight others were injured.
The second EF-5 tornado happened in Northeast Mississippi and Northwest Alabama, hitting the town of Smithville in Monroe County. Trees were debarked inside the tornado’s path, as winds exceeded 200 miles per hour. 15 people were killed and 40 others were left injured.
The most recent tornado outbreak in Mississippi happened on April 28th, 2014. On that day alone, Mississippi had a total of 22 tornadoes, EIGHT of which were rated as an EF-2 or greater by the National Weather Service. The most destructive of these tornadoes was the infamous Louisville tornado, an EF-4. The winds inside this tornado were estimated to be about 185 miles per hour! The tornado’s path was 34 miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide. Ten people were killed, and an unconfirmed number of people were injured.
Another well-known tornado from this outbreak was an EF-3 tornado that hit Richland, Pearl, Brandon, and Pelahatchie. One person was killed after her car was picked up and thrown off the road. 20 other people were injured. Numerous mobile homes were completely destroyed, while commercial buildings in Pearl and Richland were severely damaged. The National Weather Service estimated the winds in this tornado were up to 155 miles per hour. This tornado’s path was 30 miles long and 400 yards wide. By the time this severe weather outbreak finally passed the next day, 26 people in Mississippi were killed and 75 others were injured as a result of the storms.