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The chance of earthquake damage in Benton County is about the same as Mississippi average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Benton County is lower than Mississippi average and is much higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #6

Benton County
0.15
Mississippi
0.05
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Benton County
0.0000
Mississippi
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #51

Benton County
234.49
Mississippi
280.40
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 10,696 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Benton County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:18Dense Fog:0Drought:72
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,063Hail:3,298Heat:53Heavy Snow:64
High Surf:0Hurricane:6Ice Storm:27Landslide:0Strong Wind:72
Thunderstorm Winds:5,559Tropical Storm:10Wildfire:0Winter Storm:79Winter Weather:55
Other:320 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Benton County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Benton County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Benton County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 111 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Benton County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.91971-02-21434°31'N / 89°24'W35°00'N / 88°57'W42.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Marshall
4.91971-02-21234°46'N / 89°16'W000K0Benton
6.32010-05-02334°48'N / 89°11'W34°54'N / 89°01'W12.00 Miles880 Yards271.0M0KBenton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down near Highway 5 approximately 2 miles south of Ashland. The tornado traveled northeast crossing into Tippah County. Eleven homes and mobile homes were destroyed with six receiving major damage. Twenty-three homes sustained minor damage. Numerous trees were snapped and debarked along the path. Power lines were also knocked down. A free standing transmission tower collapsed and was severely twisted as well. Two deaths and one critical injury occurred when a double wide mobile home was destroyed just east of Ashland. Four additional injuries, three of them critical, occurred when a mobile home was picked up by the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level disturbance slowly approached the Mid-South during the evening of April 30th, 2010 as a cold front became stationary to the west. This pattern remained in place through the evening hours of May 2nd, 2010. South to southwest winds pumped warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and created a very unstable atmosphere. Showers and thunderstorms developed in association with the front during the early evening hours and moved east into Eastern Arkansas shortly before midnight. Additional thunderstorms occurred in association with the upper level disturbance. Due to the unstable atmosphere, thunderstorms quickly became severe producing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. The severe weather evolved into an outbreak by May 1st and 2nd. Historic rainfall and flash flooding in addition to large hail and damaging winds occurred during the early morning hours of May 1st with several tornadoes occurring during the afternoon hours of May 1st to early morning hours of May 2nd.
6.61991-03-22334°43'N / 89°10'W34°55'N / 89°00'W10.00 Miles500 Yards00250K0Benton
12.21975-02-22334°39'N / 89°05'W34°44'N / 89°00'W7.60 Miles60 Yards0025K0Tippah
14.51982-04-17234°46'N / 89°27'W00250K0Marshall
15.31950-02-12234°36'N / 89°07'W3225K0Union
16.41975-02-22334°30'N / 89°15'W34°39'N / 89°05'W14.00 Miles200 Yards003K0Union
17.22010-05-02334°54'N / 89°01'W34°59'N / 88°52'W10.00 Miles880 Yards00500K0KTippah
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched tracked northeast into Tippah County from Benton County. The tornado continued northeast crossing into Hardeman County, Tennessee. Numerous homes were damaged along County Road 301 near the intersection of County Road 303, along Highway 72 east of Walnut and near Brownfield. In total 5 homes were destroyed. Trees and power lines were knocked down in the area as well. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level disturbance slowly approached the Mid-South during the evening of April 30th, 2010 as a cold front became stationary to the west. This pattern remained in place through the evening hours of May 2nd, 2010. South to southwest winds pumped warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and created a very unstable atmosphere. Showers and thunderstorms developed in association with the front during the early evening hours and moved east into Eastern Arkansas shortly before midnight. Additional thunderstorms occurred in association with the upper level disturbance. Due to the unstable atmosphere, thunderstorms quickly became severe producing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. The severe weather evolved into an outbreak by May 1st and 2nd. Historic rainfall and flash flooding in addition to large hail and damaging winds occurred during the early morning hours of May 1st with several tornadoes occurring during the afternoon hours of May 1st to early morning hours of May 2nd.
17.41991-03-22334°55'N / 89°00'W35°00'N / 88°54'W13.00 Miles500 Yards03250K0Tippah
18.71970-04-19434°43'N / 89°00'W34°49'N / 88°45'W15.70 Miles100 Yards003K0Tippah
19.81962-02-23234°53'N / 88°54'W34°57'N / 88°51'W5.60 Miles100 Yards0025K0Tippah
20.71971-02-21435°00'N / 88°57'W35°02'N / 88°55'W3.60 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hardeman
21.61952-03-21435°00'N / 89°35'W35°07'N / 89°17'W18.70 Miles427 Yards750250K0Fayette
21.91972-09-29334°43'N / 88°58'W34°40'N / 88°43'W14.60 Miles880 Yards00250K0Tippah
22.12000-01-03334°23'N / 89°15'W34°36'N / 89°05'W20.00 Miles600 Yards04250K0Union
 Brief Description: The tornado first developed just south of Highway 315 in the community of Hawkins Crossing and moved northeast across the northeast corner of Yalobusha county. The tornado continued into southwest Lafayette county and continued to travel northeast ending in Union county. In the town of Pinedale in southwest Union county, a new brick and vinyl siding home was obliterated. The debris extended up to 400 yards where a large freezer landed in a lake. A nearby pickup truck was rolled 20 yards and sustained extensive damage. Trees two to three feet in diameter were completely uprooted. In the town of Enterprise, a mobile home was completely destroyed and a conventional home sustained severe damage. Four other homes received extensive structural damage. The West Union School had minor roof damage and had numerous windows blown out. In the town of Myrtle, two mobile homes were destroyed and another mobile home was flipped on its side. In all, more than 60 homes were damaged in Union county.
22.21976-04-24234°29'N / 89°15'W34°31'N / 88°57'W17.20 Miles300 Yards00250K0Union
23.61975-02-22334°27'N / 89°18'W34°30'N / 89°15'W4.70 Miles50 Yards023K0Lafayette
23.92008-05-02234°30'N / 89°01'W34°30'N / 89°01'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0075K0KUnion
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down in the Glenfield area and the Colonial Gardens subdivision of New Albany and damaged at least 10 homes. In the Glenfield area, a gas station canopy was damaged and several trees were uprooted. Several houses also had minor shingle damage. The tornado intensified as it moved into the Colonial Gardens subdivision where two homes suffered total roof loss along with some exterior wall collapse. More trees were snapped off and uprooted in this area as well. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Midsouth during the afternoon hours of May 2nd, 2008, Numerous showers and thunderstorms developed ahead and along the front. Storms quickly became severe and produced large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and a few tornadoes. The severe weather continued into the early morning hours of May 3rd, 2008 with the passage of the front.
24.01975-03-12234°32'N / 89°00'W34°36'N / 88°48'W12.30 Miles50 Yards0025K0Union
24.12008-05-02234°27'N / 89°09'W34°29'N / 89°07'W3.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0KUnion
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado first touched down in the Enterprise community in Western Union County near County Road 46 where a couple of sheds were destroyed and trees were uprooted. The intensifying tornado moved northeast causing damage to the roofs and exterior walls of several homes. The tornado was at its most powerful as it crossed State Highway 30. A gas station canopy and sign along with several large buildings were damaged. One large metal building suffered moderate damage. There was roof damage to a church and the steeple was knocked down. Many trees were knocked down and several power poles were snapped. A large bus was flipped on to its side. The tornado lifted near County Road 51 or about 2 miles northeast of Enterprise. There was minor damage in this area with several large trees uprooted and minor roof damage to a home. Along the entire track about 20 homes suffered at least some damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Midsouth during the afternoon hours of May 2nd, 2008, Numerous showers and thunderstorms developed ahead and along the front. Storms quickly became severe and produced large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and a few tornadoes. The severe weather continued into the early morning hours of May 3rd, 2008 with the passage of the front.
25.62010-05-02334°59'N / 88°52'W35°03'N / 88°47'W7.00 Miles880 Yards12250K0KHardeman
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed into Hardeman County from Tippah County, Mississippi. The tornado tracked northeast hitting Pocahontas before moving into McNairy County. One fatality occurred in Pocahontas when a single wide trailer was destroyed. Two injuries also occurred. In total, one home was completely destroyed. Thirteen homes sustained major damage with another five receiving very minor damage. Two mobile homes were destroyed with another two receiving minor damage. Numerous trees were snapped and debarked in the area. In addition, power lines were knocked down as well. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level disturbance slowly approached the Mid-South during the evening of April 30th, 2010 as a cold front became stationary to the west. This pattern remained in place through the evening hours of May 2nd, 2010. South to southwest winds pumped warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and created a very unstable atmosphere. Showers and thunderstorms developed in association with the front during the early evening hours and moved east into Eastern Arkansas shortly before midnight. Additional thunderstorms occurred in association with the upper level disturbance. Due to the unstable atmosphere, thunderstorms quickly became severe producing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. The severe weather evolved into an outbreak by May 1st and 2nd. Historic rainfall and flash flooding in addition to large hail and damaging winds occurred during the early morning hours of May 1st with several tornadoes occurring during the afternoon hours of May 1st to early morning hours of May 2nd.
26.01952-03-21434°52'N / 89°41'W35°00'N / 89°35'W10.90 Miles100 Yards924250K0Marshall
26.31958-09-21234°25'N / 89°03'W34°30'N / 89°00'W6.40 Miles100 Yards0225K0Union
26.61965-02-11235°05'N / 89°32'W0.10 Mile7 Yards0025K0Fayette
27.21997-03-01334°23'N / 89°02'W34°35'N / 88°50'W30.00 Miles400 Yards016250K0Union
 Brief Description: A second tornado developed in Calhoun county near Banner. This tornado also tracked northeast through extreme southeast Lafayette county, through the northwest part of Pontotoc county and through the middle of Union county. While damage occurred in all four counties, the most damage took place in Union county near the town of Martintown. All told 17 persons were injured. Ninety-one homes were damaged with forty-nine of these homes deemed uninhabitable.
27.62010-05-02234°29'N / 89°30'W34°30'N / 89°29'W1.00 Mile75 Yards10250K0KLafayette
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down just southwest of Abbeville and tracked northeast hitting the south side of Abbeville. The tornado lifted along County Road 215. One fatality occurred when a single family home was destroyed. A double wide mobile home was also destroyed. Three other homes sustained major damage. Numerous trees were also uprooted along the path. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level disturbance slowly approached the Mid-South during the evening of April 30th, 2010 as a cold front became stationary to the west. This pattern remained in place through the evening hours of May 2nd, 2010. South to southwest winds pumped warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and created a very unstable atmosphere. Showers and thunderstorms developed in association with the front during the early evening hours and moved east into Eastern Arkansas shortly before midnight. Additional thunderstorms occurred in association with the upper level disturbance. Due to the unstable atmosphere, thunderstorms quickly became severe producing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. The severe weather evolved into an outbreak by May 1st and 2nd. Historic rainfall and flash flooding in addition to large hail and damaging winds occurred during the early morning hours of May 1st with several tornadoes occurring during the afternoon hours of May 1st to early morning hours of May 2nd.
29.21976-04-24234°26'N / 89°43'W34°29'N / 89°15'W26.80 Miles300 Yards0225K0Lafayette
29.22010-05-02335°03'N / 88°47'W35°03'N / 88°46'W1.00 Mile880 Yards0010K0KMcnairy
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed into McNairy County from Hardeman County. The tornado briefly traveled northeast before lifting near Highway 57. Several trees and power lines were knocked down in the area. This storm would later spawn a couple of tornadoes further northeast in McNairy County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level disturbance slowly approached the Mid-South during the evening of April 30th, 2010 as a cold front became stationary to the west. This pattern remained in place through the evening hours of May 2nd, 2010. South to southwest winds pumped warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and created a very unstable atmosphere. Showers and thunderstorms developed in association with the front during the early evening hours and moved east into Eastern Arkansas shortly before midnight. Additional thunderstorms occurred in association with the upper level disturbance. Due to the unstable atmosphere, thunderstorms quickly became severe producing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. The severe weather evolved into an outbreak by May 1st and 2nd. Historic rainfall and flash flooding in addition to large hail and damaging winds occurred during the early morning hours of May 1st with several tornadoes occurring during the afternoon hours of May 1st to early morning hours of May 2nd.
29.72008-02-05334°24'N / 89°31'W34°30'N / 89°27'W7.00 Miles1000 Yards01435.0M0KLafayette
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down in the Lafayette County Industrial Park on County Road 166 north of Oxford. The tornado destroyed the Ability Works Incorporated plant and tracked northeast hitting a county owned speculation warehouse and the Caterpillar Plant. The Elliot Lumber Company was also heavily damaged. The tornado then tracked northeast crossing County Road 101 near the County Road 104 intersection. In this area the Harvest Ministries Church, a mobile home and a veterinary clinic were all destroyed. Tree damage was noted as the tornado crossed Highway 7. The tornado continued northeast inflicting heavy damage along County Road 291 where 12 homes and mobile homes were destroyed. The tornado then damaged 2,500 acres of the Holly Springs National Forest before lifting about 2 miles east of Abbeville. A total of about 70 structures were damaged or destroyed. Eleven homes were destroyed and about 15 suffered heavy damage. About 10 mobile homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. Nine commericial structures were destroyed with another 6 suffering heavy damage. The rest of the structures had minor to moderate damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into North Mississippi. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
30.51962-02-23234°33'N / 89°38'W013K0Lafayette
30.81981-10-17235°15'N / 89°06'W1.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Hardeman
31.21955-10-28235°03'N / 89°40'W0.20 Mile100 Yards00250K0Shelby
31.51959-01-21334°23'N / 88°59'W34°39'N / 88°34'W30.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Union
31.61972-09-29334°40'N / 88°43'W34°39'N / 88°38'W5.10 Miles880 Yards01250K0Prentiss
32.51959-01-21334°21'N / 89°02'W34°23'N / 88°59'W3.80 Miles33 Yards01250K0Pontotoc
32.61965-03-17334°30'N / 88°47'W34°31'N / 88°44'W3.00 Miles400 Yards03250K0Union
33.41976-03-26234°22'N / 89°26'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Lafayette
33.52009-07-30234°54'N / 89°49'W34°57'N / 89°44'W6.00 Miles440 Yards006.0M0KDe Soto
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down on Highway 305, four tenths of a mile south of College Road, southeast of Olive Branch. The tornado moved northeast on a non-continuous track. Several subdivisions had numerous trees and power lines knocked down. Some of which fell onto houses damaging them. The hardest hit area was in the Bethel Park Subdivison. Seven homes were destroyed, 15 homes sustained major damage while at least 113 other homes received minor damage including damage such as minor roof or shingle damage. In addition, one business sustained major damage and another business sustained minor damage. The tornado lifted just east of the intersection of Center Hill Road and Knightsbridge Road. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front approached the Mid-South during the afternoon hours of July 30th, 2009. A low pressure center developed along the front as the front moved into the area. The low pressure helped to spawn several tornadoes across the Mid-South. In addition, other storms produced damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding into the evening hours.
33.51967-12-21234°44'N / 88°37'W1125K0Prentiss
33.61970-05-10234°17'N / 89°24'W34°23'N / 89°14'W11.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Lafayette
33.71997-03-01334°16'N / 89°14'W34°23'N / 89°04'W10.00 Miles400 Yards00650K0Pontotoc
 Brief Description: A second tornado developed in Calhoun county near Banner. This tornado also tracked northeast through extreme southeast Lafayette county, through the northwest part of Pontotoc county and through the middle of Union county. While damage occurred in all four counties, the most damage took place in Union county near the town of Martintown. All told 17 persons were injured. Ninety-one homes were damaged with forty-nine of these homes deemed uninhabitable.
35.32001-02-24334°21'N / 88°48'W34°28'N / 88°50'W6.00 Miles150 Yards00100K0Union
 Brief Description: The tornado continued to move northeast across extreme southeast Union county from Pontotoc county. The tornado moved into northern Lee county near Corrona. While the tornado was in Union county, a couple of mobile home were destroyed. Nine mobile homes and several houses were damaged. Some trees and power lines were also knocked down.
35.51965-03-17334°31'N / 88°44'W34°37'N / 88°34'W11.70 Miles400 Yards07250K0Prentiss
35.61952-08-03234°22'N / 89°31'W0.30 Mile200 Yards0025K0Lafayette
35.62001-11-24234°51'N / 89°50'W34°53'N / 89°49'W6.00 Miles300 Yards091.9M0De Soto
 Brief Description: The tornado began just southwest of Lewisburg in eastern De Soto county and moved northeast. Nineteen homes were destroyed and 119 homes were damaged. Numerous trees were also knocked down.
35.82009-06-12234°57'N / 89°50'W34°57'N / 89°47'W3.00 Miles75 Yards014.0M0KDe Soto
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down at the truck weighing scales on Highway 78 about 1 mile southeast of Goodman Road in Olive Branch. The tornado had a non continuous track to the east-northeast for 2.9 miles and ended a few hundred yards east of Hacks Cross Road about one half mile south of Goodman Road. The maximum estimated winds were 125 mph. There was widespread damage along the tornado track in Olive Branch. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down. Four homes were destroyed while numerous other homes suffered some degree of damage. Streets that suffered the heaviest damage included Roberta Street, College Street, Blocker Street, Chickasaw Drive, Cherokee Drive, Sequoia Lane, Seminole Drive and Magnolia Drive. Several schools and public buildings were also damaged including the Olive Branch Elementary, Middle and High Schools, the Chickasaw Elementary School, the Olive Branch Community Center and the Olive Branch City Shop. The Olive Branch Middle School alone suffered $500,000 in damage. The tornado cleanup costs totaled $350,000 for the city of Olive Branch. There was one minor injury associated with the tornado in Olive Branch. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A stationary front was located across the Mid-South during the day on June 12th, 2009. During the early morning hours, a mesoscale convective system developed over Eastern Oklahoma and tracked east into the Mid-South during the afternoon and evening hours. A derecho tracked across the Mid-South producing numerous reports of damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding. Wind speeds were reported as high as 80 mph. Isolated tornadoes occurred along the bow echo. In addition, scattered thunderstorms developed over ahead of the bow echo and produced large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding as well.
36.21994-06-26235°20'N / 89°09'W4.00 Miles50 Yards06500K0Grundy
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down several just west of Altamont. One house and several mobile homes were destroyed. Numerous trees were uprooted.
36.32001-02-24334°27'N / 88°47'W34°30'N / 88°38'W10.00 Miles100 Yards001.0M0Lee
 Brief Description: The continued into Lee county from Union county and tracked northeast producing damage in Baldwyn. The tornado then moved out of Lee county into Prentiss county. In Guntown, eight homes and 1 business were heavily damaged while 13 other structures were damaged. In Saltillo, a mobile homes overturned. The tornado did significant damage in Baldwyn, which is located on the Lee/Prentiss county line. Nearly 100 homes were damaged or destroyed including the Baldwyn High School which lost the roof to its gymnasium.
36.51970-04-19434°49'N / 88°45'W35°00'N / 88°23'W24.30 Miles100 Yards4782.5M0Alcorn
38.02000-01-03234°11'N / 89°31'W34°23'N / 89°16'W21.00 Miles150 Yards03100K0Lafayette
 Brief Description: The tornado first developed just south of Highway 315 in the community of Hawkins Crossing and moved northeast across the northeast corner of Yalobusha county. The tornado continued into southwest Lafayette county and continued to travel northeast ending in Union county. In the town of Paris in the southwest part of the county, a frame house was lifted off its foundation with the back end of the house completely blown out. One person in the house was injured. A nearby house under construction was severly damaged. Several other homes in the area received minor damage and numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. The tornado also produced some damage in the towns of Denmark and Lafayette Springs.
38.11987-12-15234°41'N / 88°36'W34°43'N / 88°29'W8.00 Miles100 Yards01250K0Prentiss
38.21953-02-20234°15'N / 89°03'W34°21'N / 88°50'W14.20 Miles880 Yards013K0Pontotoc
38.31968-04-03234°41'N / 89°54'W34°54'N / 89°51'W15.20 Miles33 Yards040K0De Soto
38.31952-03-21435°16'N / 88°59'W35°21'N / 88°49'W11.10 Miles177 Yards4142.5M0Hardeman
38.41971-05-24334°51'N / 88°35'W34°58'N / 88°29'W9.80 Miles33 Yards05250K0Alcorn
38.52001-02-24334°31'N / 88°36'W34°35'N / 88°36'W5.00 Miles50 Yards0302.0M0Prentiss
 Brief Description: The tornado continued from Lee county into Prentiss county finally lifting up near the town of Wheeler. The most significant damage occurred in Baldwyn along the Lee/Prentiss county line. Nearly 100 homes were damaged or destroyed. The Baldwyn High School lost the roof to its gymnasium and had another building damaged. Six homes were damaged in Wheeler.
39.21975-03-23334°25'N / 88°43'W34°30'N / 88°36'W8.70 Miles100 Yards0025K0Lee
39.41980-04-08234°55'N / 88°31'W0.50 Mile200 Yards00250K0Alcorn
39.51997-03-01235°04'N / 88°38'W35°11'N / 88°36'W5.00 Miles200 Yards00300K0Mcnairy
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near the town of Ramer and moved northeast toward the town of Selmer. Forty-eight homes and two businesses were damaged or destroyed. One farm which housed emus was damaged and nine emus were killed. Several trees were uprooted or shredded.
39.51975-03-23334°30'N / 88°36'W34°37'N / 88°33'W8.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Prentiss
39.51971-02-21234°16'N / 88°59'W000K0Pontotoc
40.01973-11-27234°50'N / 88°34'W34°56'N / 88°26'W10.20 Miles33 Yards00250K0Alcorn
40.01970-04-19235°07'N / 89°48'W0.30 Mile50 Yards00250K0Shelby
40.21968-05-16234°49'N / 89°57'W34°51'N / 89°52'W5.20 Miles100 Yards07250K0De Soto
40.21971-05-24235°17'N / 89°37'W35°22'N / 89°27'W10.90 Miles100 Yards022250K0Fayette
40.32008-02-05335°22'N / 89°22'W35°24'N / 89°19'W4.00 Miles167 Yards10100K0KFayette
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down near Akin Road. Shortly after touchdown, the tornado crossed Yum Yum Road. A man sitting in his truck in a shed was killed when the tornado struck the shed. The truck tumbled at least 40 feet and was severely damaged. Other vehicles were tossed about from the tornado. Substantial damage to large trees in the area occurred as well. The tornado continued northeast and crossed into Haywood County, Tennessee. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into West Tennessee. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
40.41966-11-10234°15'N / 89°00'W0025K0Pontotoc
40.41983-05-18234°14'N / 89°02'W34°16'N / 88°58'W4.00 Miles50 Yards03250K0Pontotoc
40.41994-11-27335°04'N / 89°50'W35°19'N / 89°39'W16.00 Miles200 Yards32550.0M0Shelby And Fayette
 Brief Description: The tornado started just southwest of Germantown and moved northeast through the eastern part of Shelby County and then continued into the northwest part of Fayette County. Three persons were killed in Germantown when the tornado struck a home where 16 people had gathered for a family reunion. Twenty-five persons were injured in the Germantown area. Overall, 28 homes were destroyed and 300 other homes were damaged. Houston High School was badly damaged and a nearby church sustained significant damage. Thirty utility poles were blown down along with a several trees. Two mobile homes were destroyed in Fayette County. M44H,M11H,M48H
41.11956-04-03234°19'N / 88°49'W34°23'N / 88°40'W9.70 Miles33 Yards040K0Lee
41.31966-11-10334°57'N / 88°31'W34°57'N / 88°28'W3.30 Miles27 Yards04250K0Alcorn
41.31957-04-04335°03'N / 88°36'W35°07'N / 88°30'W7.30 Miles50 Yards011250K0Mcnairy
41.42001-02-24334°05'N / 89°14'W34°22'N / 88°51'W23.00 Miles1000 Yards64328.0M0Pontotoc
 Brief Description: The tornado continued in Pontotoc moving in near Robbs and tracking northeast through the county. The tornado moved through the entire county eventually moving into extreme southeast Union county near the town of Blue Springs. The tornado produced much of its damage between Algona and Pontotoc. At least 360 homes, 15 businesses and 2 churches were damaged or destroyed in Pontotoc. Among the homes destroyed was a restored antebellum plantation home listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down. M9PH, F65PH, M40PH, M36OU, F72PH, M4PH
41.51984-04-21334°23'N / 88°15'W34°33'N / 88°57'W18.00 Miles10 Yards1225.0M0Union
41.61997-03-01334°10'N / 89°22'W34°16'N / 89°16'W5.00 Miles400 Yards0010K0Lafayette
 Brief Description: A second tornado developed in Calhoun county near Banner. This tornado also tracked northeast through extreme southeast Lafayette county, through the northwest part of Pontotoc county and through the middle of Union county. While damage occurred in all four counties, the most damage took place in Union county near the town of Martintown. All told 17 persons were injured. Ninety-one homes were damaged with forty-nine of these homes deemed uninhabitable.
41.81970-04-24335°02'N / 90°02'W35°03'N / 89°44'W17.00 Miles50 Yards052.5M0Shelby
42.01971-02-21235°09'N / 88°35'W1.50 Miles67 Yards0362.5M0Mcnairy
42.21972-09-29334°39'N / 88°38'W34°39'N / 88°20'W17.10 Miles880 Yards000K0Prentiss
42.21970-04-24235°08'N / 88°34'W0.10 Mile10 Yards0325K0Mcnairy
42.91991-03-22335°03'N / 88°43'W35°14'N / 88°24'W22.00 Miles200 Yards44525.0M0Mcnairy
42.91970-04-24335°04'N / 89°59'W35°04'N / 89°48'W10.40 Miles50 Yards032.5M0Shelby
43.02008-02-05234°59'N / 89°59'W35°03'N / 89°51'W8.00 Miles440 Yards313100.0M0KShelby
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado continued northeast from DeSoto County, Mississippi. After the tornado crossed into Tennessee, several warehouses sustained damage. The DSC warehouse near Clarke Road was struck causing EF-2 damage. Three people were killed inside the warehouse. Hardy Bottling Company sustained substantial damage as well. Tractor-trailers were tossed about in the area. Windows were shattered in the Willow Lake Business Park and utility poles and trees were snapped in the area. A utility substation sustained severe damage along Clarke Road causing major power outages in the area. The tornado then continued northeast and struck homes along Maple Tree Drive and Pinbranch Court. Five homes received major damage and had to be condemned. Other homes sustained roof damage. The tornado continued northeast and struck the Hickory Ridge Mall causing a wall to collapse at the Sears Department Store. Six injuries occurred at the mall. This damage was estimated at EF-1. The tornado then struck a Taco Bell along Winchester Road before lifting. Thirteen people in all were transported to an area hospital due to injuries sustained from the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into West Tennessee. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
43.11999-01-17335°25'N / 89°11'W35°27'N / 89°07'W7.00 Miles200 Yards02100K0Haywood
 Brief Description: The tornado started southeast of Eurekaton in Haywood County and travelled northeast crossing into Madison County eventually reaching the north part of the city of Jackson. In Haywood county, seven houses, five mobile homes, five barns and seven sheds were destroyed. In Madison county, the tornado damaged or destroyed several homes in Mercer and Denmark. While moving toward Jackson, the tornado struck the south side of McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport damaging the ASOS equipment located at the airport. The new Tennessee National Guard armory and a hangar were flattened. Two UH-60 helicopters and two other helicopters were destroyed with four additional helicopters damaged. In Jackson, a total of 38 apartments were destroyed.
43.61953-05-04234°55'N / 88°31'W34°59'N / 88°23'W8.80 Miles20 Yards0025K0Alcorn
44.21970-04-24335°00'N / 90°02'W35°01'N / 89°51'W10.40 Miles50 Yards0132.5M0Shelby
44.61975-05-29234°37'N / 89°57'W0.10 Mile13 Yards0025K0Tate
44.81976-04-24234°25'N / 89°57'W34°26'N / 89°43'W13.30 Miles300 Yards00250K0Panola
45.31953-03-14234°40'N / 88°26'W34°42'N / 88°24'W3.30 Miles33 Yards1025K0Prentiss
45.32008-05-08334°15'N / 88°47'W34°19'N / 88°40'W8.00 Miles200 Yards001.5M0KLee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The initial tornado touchdown occurred 1.5 miles west of the Tupelo Regional Airport. The tornado traveled northeast across Northern Lee County moving just north of the Tupelo Regional Airport. The tornado reached its maximum intensity as it hit the Furniture Market Mississippi building on Coley Road and Chesterville Road. The tornado continued to produce significant damage on North Gloster Road near the Barnes Crossing Mall. The tornado continued moving northeast and crossed U.S. Highway 45 where it struck a farm supply store. Several cars were damaged by flying debris, tractor trailers were overturned and part of the supply store roof was torn off. Next to the farm supply store, a marine and outdoor store was also hit where several boats were damaged and the roof was partially torn off. Also, a large hardware store, a medical complex and a Mississippi Department of Transportation district office were among other buildings damaged. The tornado moved northeast uprooting and snapping large trees as well as producing minor roof damage to several homes before lifting about 3 miles south southeast of Saltillo. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A weak warm front was located across North Mississippi during the morning of May 8th, 2008. Isolated thunderstorms began developing along the front. One thunderstorm quickly became severe and produced a significant tornado. Damaging winds, large hail, flash flooding and a weak tornado occurred from other thunderstorms.
45.92008-02-05235°24'N / 89°19'W35°33'N / 89°04'W17.00 Miles600 Yards00200K0KHaywood
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed into Haywood County from Fayette County. The tornado produced EF-2 damage in Dancyville. One home was destroyed and another suffered severe damage. A church also had major damage and numerous large trees were uprooted. The tornado continued northeast and caused destruction in Hillville. Two mobile homes were totally destroyed and one house had major damage. A convenience store also suffered roof damage. In addition, an outbuilding was completely flattened and large trees were uprooted or snapped. Several other homes had minor damage along the path. The tornado continued northeast eventually crossing into Madison County. Cleanup costs incurred by Haywood County totaled $168,980. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into West Tennessee. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
45.91988-11-19235°25'N / 88°54'W35°25'N / 88°50'W3.00 Miles90 Yards00250K0Hardeman
45.91964-03-04235°18'N / 89°42'W35°24'N / 89°39'W7.60 Miles200 Yards0325K0Shelby
46.22008-02-05234°58'N / 90°00'W34°59'N / 89°59'W2.00 Miles440 Yards0028.4M0KDe Soto
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down at Southaven High School and tracked northeast crossing into Shelby County, Tennessee, northeast of the intersection of Stateline Road and Airways Boulevard. Roughly 30 windows were blown out of the High School. The school also sustained minor roof damage. Damage at the high school was classified EF-0. Many homes in the Carriage Hills subdivision sustained minor damages as well. Further northeast, more significant damage occurred near the intersection of Stateline Road and Airways Boulevard in the warehouse area. Three warehouses were destroyed including the Cooper Lighting Plant. A gas station was damaged as well. Damage was classified as EF-2 in this area. Numerous trees, power poles, and lines were knocked down. Minor roof damage occurred along the path as well. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into North Mississippi. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
46.61955-03-21234°16'N / 88°43'W0.30 Mile33 Yards00250K0Lee
46.62008-02-05235°18'N / 89°45'W35°23'N / 89°40'W7.00 Miles150 Yards011.0M0KShelby
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down one quarter mile east of Brunswick Road interchange along Highway 385 in the Salem Estates Subdivision. The tornado tracked non-continuously northeast to the Tipton County line, near the Collierville-Arlington Road. Damage sustained in the Salem Estates subdivision was rated an EF-0. One roof of a home was partially removed along with several blown out windows. In addition, some minor tree damage occurred in this area. Further northeast, along Moose Road west of Beaver Creek, the tornado intensified and produced EF-2 damage. Significant tree damage occurred from the tornado in this area. In addition, two power line support towers were knocked down and one was twisted. Significant damage occurred further northeast along Osborntown Road as extensive tree damage was observed. Large trees were snapped and uprooted. In addition, two large well constructed new homes were heavily damaged. One home had more than half of its roof removed along with all windows blown out. Brick was also dislodged from portions of the structure. The second home received extensive damage with the entire second story being removed from the tornado. Inside walls were compromised and debris was deposited inside the home and in the front yard. One minor injury occurred from this segment of EF-2 rated damage. Additional damage occurred further northeast across Macedonia Road producing additional tree damage and minor damage to one home and one mobile home. Damage also occurred just south of where the tornado crossed into Tipton County where five homes sustained light to moderate damage along Collierville-Arlington Road. This damage has been rated EF-1. One of the homes sustained significant damage to portions of the roof and adjoining levels. The other four homes had damage to the roofs and windows. Large trees, some up to 3 feet in diameter were snapped and uprooted. The tornado then tracked into Tipton County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into West Tennessee. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
46.62000-01-03234°10'N / 89°33'W34°14'N / 89°33'W2.20 Miles300 Yards00100K0Yalobusha
 Brief Description: The tornado first developed just south of Highway 315 in the community of Hawkins Crossing and moved northeast across the northeast corner of Yalobusha county. The tornado continued into southwest Lafayette county and continued to travel northeast ending in Union county. One home was blown three feet off its foundation with only the west facing wall left standing. Two mobile homes were completely destroyed. Nine other homes and one barn recieved moderate to extensive damage.
47.11973-11-27234°55'N / 90°02'W34°58'N / 90°00'W4.10 Miles33 Yards150250K0De Soto
47.11968-09-17235°00'N / 90°00'W0.30 Mile10 Yards003K0Shelby
47.22008-05-08234°25'N / 88°31'W34°27'N / 88°30'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00150K0KItawamba
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The initial tornado touchdown occurred in the Palestine community in extreme Northwest Itawamba County. Numerous large trees were uprooted or snapped. Several homes had partial roof damage. One home was severely damaged when a large part of its roof was torn off. The tornado lifted near the Natchez Trace Parkway about one mile southwest of Kirksville. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A weak warm front was located across North Mississippi during the morning of May 8th, 2008. Isolated thunderstorms began developing along the front. One thunderstorm quickly became severe and produced a significant tornado. Damaging winds, large hail, flash flooding and a weak tornado occurred from other thunderstorms.
47.51978-08-29235°01'N / 90°00'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0262.5M0Shelby
47.91988-11-19235°25'N / 88°50'W35°27'N / 88°49'W3.00 Miles90 Yards00250K0Chester
48.01957-04-01235°27'N / 88°52'W0.10 Mile7 Yards003K0Madison
48.21973-05-27235°20'N / 89°46'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Shelby
48.61988-01-19234°51'N / 90°07'W34°57'N / 89°59'W9.50 Miles70 Yards012.5M0De Soto
48.82010-05-02235°07'N / 88°41'W35°22'N / 88°21'W25.00 Miles880 Yards0107.3M0KMcnairy
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down near the intersection of Sulphur Springs Road and Steadman Road, southwest of Selmer, and tracked northeast. This tornado was spawned from the same cell that produced a tornado from near Ashland, Mississippi to near Pocahontas, Tennessee and just west of Ramer, Tennessee in McNairy County. Tree and minor roof damage was noted at the beginning of the track. The tornado tracked further to the northeast and hit northern parts of Selmer. A carport failed due to fallen trees at the Christmas Tree Farm. A large home was moved off the foundation as well as a double wide mobile home. A single wide trailer was destroyed and wrapped around a tree. Total collapse of a few buildings occurred as well. Large trees were knocked down and minor roof damage was noted. The tornado then tracked further to the northeast and hit Bethesda and Purdy. Two churches were destroyed. A brick home sustained major roof damage while a horse barn was completely destroyed. The tornado tracked further to the northeast and hit the town of Good Hope. Two homes were destroyed. The tornado continued to the northeast crossing into Hardin County just to the southwest Milledgeville. At least ten injuries occurred in McNairy County from the tornado. In total, 22 homes were completely destroyed with 59 homes sustaining major damage. At least minor damage occurred to 219 homes. Fifteen mobile homes were destroyed and eleven sustained major damage. Twenty mobile homes received minor damage. Several other buildings and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed as well. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An upper level disturbance slowly approached the Mid-South during the evening of April 30th, 2010 as a cold front became stationary to the west. This pattern remained in place through the evening hours of May 2nd, 2010. South to southwest winds pumped warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and created a very unstable atmosphere. Showers and thunderstorms developed in association with the front during the early evening hours and moved east into Eastern Arkansas shortly before midnight. Additional thunderstorms occurred in association with the upper level disturbance. Due to the unstable atmosphere, thunderstorms quickly became severe producing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. The severe weather evolved into an outbreak by May 1st and 2nd. Historic rainfall and flash flooding in addition to large hail and damaging winds occurred during the early morning hours of May 1st with several tornadoes occurring during the afternoon hours of May 1st to early morning hours of May 2nd.
48.81988-11-04334°32'N / 88°31'W34°39'N / 88°15'W12.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Prentiss
49.01973-11-27235°25'N / 89°30'W35°35'N / 89°19'W15.40 Miles440 Yards01250K0Fayette
49.21997-03-01334°04'N / 89°26'W34°10'N / 89°21'W5.00 Miles400 Yards0110K0Calhoun
 Brief Description: A second tornado developed in Calhoun county near Banner. This tornado also tracked northeast through extreme southeast Lafayette county, through the northwest part of Pontotoc county and through the middle of Union county. While damage occurred in all four counties, the most damage took place in Union county near the town of Martintown. All told 17 persons were injured. Ninety-one homes were damaged with forty-nine of these homes deemed uninhabitable.
49.31970-04-24334°59'N / 90°03'W35°00'N / 90°02'W1.90 Miles20 Yards053K0De Soto
49.92003-05-06234°20'N / 88°33'W34°20'N / 88°32'W0.70 Mile100 Yards02350K0Itawamba
 Brief Description: The tornado move into extreme western Itawamba County from Lee County hitting the Shiloh community. Six mobile homes were destroyed and one other mobile home and a house were damaged. Two vehicles were rolled onto their roofs. A carport was demolished along with a couple of barns and outbuildings. Numerous trees were knocked down.


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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