The Newscenter 11 viewing area is served by three forecast offices of the National Weather Service: Jackson, Birmingham, and Mobile.
Survey crews from all three offices are busy in the days following the Christmas Day severe weather outbreak investigating damage left behind by the storms. Through their surveys they will determine whether the damage was caused by tornadoes or straight line winds. They will also determine the strength of the winds involved.
In West Alabama, the results are in. Two different tornadoes have been confirmed in Marengo County. The first twister touched down at 3:15 in southern Marengo County about five miles southwest of Dixons Mills. It snapped or uprooted numerous trees from Hoboken Road to Southern Pines Drive just west of Dixons Mills. The tornado was rated an EF-1 and had winds of 86-109 mph.
The second tornado touched down in northern Marengo County and moved through eastern Demopolis. It touched down about two miles south/southeast of Demopolis before moving through the eastern side of the city. The National Weather Service survey team estimates winds were near 100 mph, rating the tornado an EF-1. This tornado damaged several homes and snapped or uprooted hundreds of trees. The tornado lifted about six miles east/northeast of Demopolis before crossing into Hale County.
The National Weather Service in Mobile confirms an EF-2 tornado hit Choctaw County, Alabama with 110-137 mph winds. The tornado hit just west of Butler. Full results of the survey are not yet available. We will update to provide that information when it has been made available.
The National Weather Service in Jackson has confirmed two twisters in East Mississippi. The first touched down at 4:09 PM Christmas Day and tracked through southeastern Jones County. It touched down one mile south/southeast of Ovett and lifted one mile east of Ovett. At its peak, the tornado packed winds near 105 mph and was about 100 yards across. The survey results note that numerous trees were uprooted or snapped and that a single-wide mobile home sustained roof damage. The walls of a small barn collapsed and a small out building was blow over. Another small barn's roof collapsed and another home had significant damage to its roof and siding.
Another tornado touched down at 4:35 PM in southern Lauderdale County about nine and a half miles south/southwest of Meridian. The tornado was on the ground for five minutes and lifted just over seven and a half miles south of Meridian. Much of the damage was along County Road 356. A couple of homes sustained minor roof damage. Another home on Highway 145 had a tin roof peeled back and a fence was blown over. Trees were also uprooted along the path of the tornado. The National Weather Service says the tornado was an EF-0 and had peak winds of around 82 mph. It was on the ground for 2.3 miles and was 50 yards across.