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Tornado Rips Across East Mississippi

A violent tornado ripped across the south on Thursday destroying everything in its' path.
(NWS - Jackson, MS)  A very warm and unstable airmass was in place over the region on the 10th with temperatures reaching into the mid to upper 80s across the region. A very slow moving cold front moved through Texas into Louisiana during the day on the 10th, bringing tornadoes to portions of central Arkansas near Little Rock. Some thunderstorms developed ahead of the approaching squall line, bringing some hail to portions of northeast Louisiana. Without a strong push behind the front, it lingered across locations west of the Mississippi River through most of the evening and overnight hours of the 10th through 11th.

The cold front and squall line finally pushed east early on the 11th. Temperatures across east Mississippi were able to remain warm and conditions remained unstable and supportive of severe weather. A few supercells developed ahead of the cold front. One that tracked through Kemper and Noxubee counties spawned a tornado that caused structural damage in this area. Unfortunately, five injuries and one fatality also occurred in Kemper county near Liberty. Additional damage was noted in Clarke, Jasper and Forrest counties where trees were downed and some damage to structures was reported.

The cold front and post frontal rains finally moved out of the ArkLaMiss by mid afternoon, causing additional damage east to Alabama and Georgia.

In addition to severe weather, the region once again saw plenty of rainfall. On the 10th, locations across the Delta saw 1.5-3.5 inches of rain. The rain was more progressive as it tracked east but 1 to 2 inches was seen.

For more information including maps of the tornadoes and other severe weather click this sentence.

KFDX Meteorologist Bryan Rupp
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