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Tupelo, Mississippi-Birmingham, Alabama Tornado

Tupelo, Mississippi-Birmingham,Alabama Tornado
EF5 tornado
EF5 April 27 Alabama Tornado

The tornado at Maximum Winds near Tanner, Alabama
NWS 2013 Moore EF5 damage
EF5 Damage after the Tornado in Tuscaloosa
Druids Heath wall cloud wsc
Wall Cloud shortly before the Tornado touched down
Funnel 8
Funnel Cloud
Multivortex (2)
The Tornado minutes after touching down...
Date January 2,2018
Time 4:14PM CDT-9:52PM CDT
Touchdown location 7 Miles outside of Tupelo
Injuries 176
Fatalities 157
Damage $6.44 billion
Areas affected Tupelo, Mississippi, Tuscalossa, Alabama and Birmingham, Alabama and areas in between
Part of the
2018 tornado season

Meteorological History:

A Strong Thunderstorm developed about 25 miles northwest of Tupelo, Mississippi around 2:58PM CDT...around 3:56PM CDT the Storm was located 16 miles northwest of Tupelo, Mississippi and Trained Storm Spotters reported a Funnel Cloud...therefore a Tornado Warning was issued for Tupelo, Mississippi...at 4:14PM A Rope Tornado touched down about 7 miles northwest of Tupelo, Mississippi and was causing EF0 damage to homes and trees...at 4:16PM it started causing EF1 damage to homes and trees...at 4:19PM it was causing EF2 damage to homes and trees...the Tornado was Half of a mile wide around 4:21PM while causing EF3 damage to homes and trees...at 4:26PM the Tornado was near a mile wide causing EF4 damage to homes and trees...at 4:31PM the Tornado was 1 and a half miles wide causing EF5 damage to homes and trees...the Tornado hit Tupelo at 4:36PM while causing EF5 damage to homes and trees...the Tornado crossed into Itawamba County, Mississippi around 4:51PM...at 5:04PM the EF5 crossed into Marion County, Alabama...at 5:21PM the Tornado hit Hamilton, Alabama at peak width of 2.2 miles wide...

Confirmed Tornadoes

January 1 event

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
EF0
Confirmed
EF1
Confirmed
EF2
Confirmed
EF3
Confirmed
EF4
Confirmed
EF5
4 1 0 2 0 1 0



January 2 event

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
EF0
Confirmed
EF1
Confirmed
EF2
Confirmed
EF3
Confirmed
EF4
Confirmed
EF5
85 13 21 32 11 7 1


This is a PDS Tornado Watch issued that day...

Storm Prediction Center Norman Oklahoma
Tornado Watch 4
308PM CDT/408PM EDT Jan 2 2018
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for portions of...
East Louisiana
Mississippi
Alabama...until 1100PM EDT
...This is a Particularly Dangerous Situation...
Destructive Tornadoes...Large Hail up to 4 inches and diameter...and damaging thunderstorm wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour are possible in the watch area...even though severe weather may not be imminent...persons should remain alert for rapidly changing weather conditions...and listen for later statements and possible warnings...
Precautionary/Preparedness actions...
Remember...a Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather...including tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area...

the Tornado continued to track in east-southeast at about 75 miles per hour...the Tornado moved into Fayette County, Alabama at around 5:46PM...the Tornado moved back to the East-Northeast into Limestone County, Alabama...the Tornado strengthened into a 300MPH EF5 tornado...and moved back to the South-Southeast at 100 miles per hour...the tornado moved into Tuscaloosa County, Alabama...and a Tornado Emergency was issued for the city...the Tornado moved over Tuscaloosa, Alabama with 275MPH winds...making it the strongest tornado in Tuscaloosa since the 1998 Tuscaloosa F5 Tornado and the deadliest since the 2011 Tuscaloosa-Birmingham Tornado...it was also the deadliest tornado in American history since the 2011 Joplin Tornado the Destructive Tornado moved towards Birmingham at around 8:00PM...and weakened down to a EF4 Tornado...the tornado killed 85 people in the Birmingham Metropolitan Area when it hit around 9:00PM as a EF5 Tornado...at 9:52PM the Tornado roped out about 5 miles south of Downtown Birmingham...

Notable Tornadoes

Tupelo, Mississippi-Birmingham, Alabama Tornado

By far the Deadliest and Strongest Tornado of the outbreak...this EF5 "Super-Tornado" destroyed everything in it's path...it was the deadliest tornado of the 2018 Tornado Season in the world...and one of the deadliest in American History killing 157 people...just 1 below the Joplin Tornado which killed 158 people...

New Orleans, Louisiana Tornado

This EF4 Tornado flattened many houses and homes in the New Orleans Metro Area...

Indianapolis, Indiana Tornado

This EF4 Tornado was with a isolated cell that popped up with no Tornado Warning issued...

Vicksburg-Jackson, Mississippi Tornado

This Very Destructive EF4 Tornado caused extensive damage in Jackson...

EF5 Debate

A Debate was held in Birmingham, Alabama for citizens to say whether or not if the tornado should be rated a EF4 or a EF5 Tornado...EF4 got 1,488 votes and EF5 got 4,177 votes...in the end, the tornado was rated EF5 on January 8

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