Mississippi Laurel Tornado Today
Mississippi Laurel Tornado Today – Southern Mississippi was devastated by tornado storms on Easter Sunday just before 5 p.m. Local time, with two huge tornadoes landing just miles away. Radar photos and videos shared on Twitter reveal one of the tornadoes that landed in Soso, Mississippi. The National Weather Storm Service Prediction Center [NWS SPC] described these two supercells as “an exceptionally rare event.”
— Jeff Piotrowski (@Jeff_Piotrowski) April 12, 2020
The active tornado warning wasn’t lifted until 6:15 p.m. local time. According to WAPT reporter Christana Kay, there has been three reported deaths from the storms. One victim was located in Walthall County while two deaths came in from Lawrence Country – the first two counties that the tornados hit on April 12.
The dual tornado traveled over 100 miles from Taylorsville to Soso, with wedges reported to be as large as a mile wide.
Two strong tornadoes on both sides of US-49 in Mississippi at 4:55PM
The rightward storm impacting Soso, MS and is moving NE at 45MPH towards Heidelberg/Sandersville, MS
— Joseph Neubauer (@JNeubauerWx) April 12, 2020
On the way to Bassfield, I was stopped by giant trees and damage in the Granby community near Prentiss. This is Highway 35. pic.twitter.com/NXrVvwMDCi
— Chelsey Sellars (@ChelseyOnTV) April 12, 2020
Local fire and police departments have reported that search and rescue teams are underway. Residents are advised to stay home as there’s been major structural damage and major roads have been blocked off.
Meteorologist Brad Maushart tweeted, “Looks to be a direct hit to Soso in Jones Co., just north of Laurel. Another tornado-warned storm just southwest of this one, taking a similar path.”
While the storms must first pass before a full damage report can be confirmed, according to Washington Post meteorologist Matthew Capucci, debris from these twisters may be falling in Choctaw County, Alabama, which is 35 miles away from the first tornado which touched down.
Meteorologst Steve Bowen tweeted that the “twin supercell tracks in Mississippi virtually ‘off the chart’ in terms of low-level rotation intensity.”
The debris fallout showed up on radar as reaching as high as 30,000 feet, with a fallout zone possibly reaching north of Meridian, Mississippi.
Senior Accuweather meteorologist Frank Strait couldn’t believe there were two massive tornados so close together. He tweeted, “SMH … one violent tornado is more than enough. Folks, if you are warned a second time and you hear sirens go a second time, it’s not an error and the second one could be as bad as the first.”
According to the NWS SPC, the tornado which touched down in Soso, possibly reached speeds up to 170 to 205 miles per hour. An EF5 tornado is a twister with winds at or above 200 miles per hour.
Residents of the area were under order to take shelter from the storm as the two tornadic supercells followed on nearly identical paths through Southern Mississippi. All six coastal counties remain on tornado watch until 12 a.m. local time.