Updated: Tornado in Lincoln County, 3 others confirmed in recent storms

Published 2:00 pm Thursday, April 15, 2021

Four tornadoes have been confirmed in recent storms across Mississippi.

The National Weather Service surveyed and confirmed the following during the severe weather event of April 9-10:

  • Near Brookhaven, Lincoln County, EF-1 with max winds of 95 mph, traveled 4.4 miles, on ground for nine minutes, beginning at 11:37 p.m.
  • Kosciusko, Attala County, EF-1 with max winds of 95 mph, touched down at 8:04 p.m.
  • Marion County, EF-1 with max winds of 105 mph, traveled 7.77 miles, on ground for nine minutes, beginning at 12:31 a.m.
  • Near Pelahatchie, Rankin County, EF-0 with max winds of 75 mph, traveled 11.11 miles, on ground for nearly 30 minutes, beginning at 8:27 p.m.

No injuries or fatalities as a result of these storms have been reported to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

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NWS meteorologist Eric Carpenter said the Lincoln County tornado had a maximum path width of 530 yards, touching down initially at 11:37 p.m., six miles west/southwest of Brookhaven and ending at 11:46 p.m. six miles southwest of Brookhaven. The NWS scouting team report gave more details.

“A tornado developed in the evening of April 9 near Zetus Road and Russell Lane. The tornado produced primarily tree damage before traveling SE across Palmetto Trail and then crossing near Watts Lane and Norman Trail. The tornado became most intense in this area, where a shed was damaged by falling trees on Norman Trail. While on Watts Lane, a large stand of young pine trees was felled, as well as some power poles and lines. The tornado continued SE where more tree damage was documented, as well as roofing damage to some structures. It was in this area that the path was most clearly defined with stands of trees significantly damaged in a clear trajectory to the SE. The tornado crossed Hwy. 84 near Breckenridge Lane where outbuildings were heavily damaged or destroyed. The tornado then began to weaken but continued to produce intermittent tree damage south of the highway before dissipating north of Auburn Drive.”


The following preliminary damage reports have been received by MEMA:

  • Attala — 10 homes, three businesses
  • Chickasaw — 23 homes, two farms
  • Hinds — One home
  • Issaquena — One home
  • Marion — 24 homes, one farm
  • Pontotoc — Five homes
  • Rankin — One home, one business
  • Warren — Three homes
  • Yazoo — One home

These numbers may change and other counties may submit damage reports. MEMA encourages residents with unmet needs to contact their county’s emergency management agency.

  • Lincoln County — Clifford Galey, 601-833-8561
  • Copiah County — Randle Drane, 601-894-1658
  • Franklin County — Mark Thornton, 601-384-1720
  • Jefferson County — Brenda Hammitte, 601-785-8422
  • Lawrence County — Tony Norwood, 601-587-7664