JACKSON, Mississippi — The National Weather Service says the April 11 tornado that traveled northeast through Mississippi's Kemper and Noxubee counties and into Alabama's Pickens County had a 68 mile-track.
The Weather Service's Jackson, Mississippi, office says peak storm winds were 145 mph. The twister killed Carlos Madrigal, a Blue Mountain man, at Contract Fabricators Inc. north of DeKalb. The NWS summary also says it injured nine people.
The maximum width of the path was three-quarters of a mile.
The team that examined the path said that besides at Contract Fabricators, the worst damage included a destroyed home west of DeKalb, areas around Shuqualak where buildings were damaged and high-tension electrical lines were bent, and a radio tower near Prairie Point that crumpled to the ground. Thousands of trees were snapped or uprooted.