At Least 34 Tornadoes in January 21-23, 2017, Outbreak, Including Hattiesburg, Mississippi, EF3 Tornado

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January 23, 2017

Reported approximate areas sustaining home damage:

Mississippi
Hattiesburg (Forrest County, 39401, 39402, 39403, 39404, 39406, 39407)
Petal (Forrest County, 39465)
Franklin County
Jones County
Lamar County
Lauderdale County
Perry County
Pike County
Wilkinson County

Georgia
Adel (Cook County, 31620)
Albany (Dougherty County, 31701, 31702, 31703, 31704, 31705, 31706, 31707, 31708, 31721)
Berrien County
Houston County

Florida
Bradenton (Manatee County, 34201, 34202, 34203, 34204 34205, 34206, 34207, 34298, 34209, 34210, 34211, 34212, 34280, 34281, 34282)
Hialeah (Dade County, 33002, 33010, 33011, 33012, 33013, 33014, 33015, 33016, 33017, 33018)
Lake City (Columbia County, 32024, 32025, 32055, 32056)
Lakeland (Polk County, 33801, 33802, 33803, 33804, 33805, 33806, 33807, 33809, 33810, 33811, 33812, 33813, 33815)
Miami Springs (Dade County, 33166)
Palm Beach County
Panama City (Bay County, 32401, 32402, 32403, 32404, 32405, 32406, 32408, 32409, 32411, 32412, 32417)

South Carolina
Bamberg County
Blackville (Barnwell County, 29817)

Alabama
Gilbertown (Choctaw County, 36908)
Opelika (Lee County, 36801, 36802, 36803, 36804)

Louisiana
Bossier Parish
Grant Parish
Natchitoches Parish

Texas
Scottsville (Harrison County, 75688)
Smithland (Marion County, 75657).

Please click on the appropriate state above to view a ZIP Code list of approximate affected areas by county.

NOTE: This is not currently a FEMA Declared Disaster.

An outbreak of tornadoes tore through parts of the Deep South from Jan. 21-23, 2017. At least 20 deaths are being blamed on severe weather across the Deep South and Gulf Coast.

From the morning of Jan. 21 through Jan. 23, at least 34 tornadoes have been confirmed either by National Weather Service damage surveys, dual-polarization radar or reports from spotters in six southern states from Louisiana to Florida to South Carolina.

A deadly EF3 tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, early on Jan. 21, which caused considerable damage and killed four people.

At least 17 tornadoes have been confirmed in Georgia.

Twelve deaths are being blamed on a likely tornado (or tornadoes) that struck Brooks County, Berrien County and Cook County in Georgia during the early morning on Jan. 22.

Later that day, a large tornado carved through parts of the city of Albany, the Dougherty County seat in southwest Georgia. National Weather Service surveys found at least EF2 damage in Dougherty County. The damage path was at least one mile wide in some areas. This survey will be completed Tuesday in Worth and Turner Counties in Georgia.

A tornado emergency was issued for southern Wilcox County, Georgia, potentially from the same tornado (or tornadoes) that impacted the Albany area.

Homes were reportedly heavily damaged along American Legion Road near the town of Kramer, Georgia, north of Rebecca, Georgia.

At least a 14-mile non-continuous path was found near Tennille in Washington County from an EF1 tornado, according to a NWS-Peachtree City survey.

In Alabama, an EF2 tornado damaged two dozen structures near Gilbertown in Choctaw County, Jan. 21. The next day, an EF1 tornado touched down near Opelika.

Five tornadoes were confirmed in Louisiana from Jan. 21.

Five homes were damaged in Natchez, Louisiana, from an EF2 tornado, there. Two mobile homes were rolled and destroyed by another EF2 tornado in Bossier Parish.

In South Carolina, another EF2 tornado carved a 13-mile path near Barnwell and Denmark and rolled a mobile home several times, injuring one woman stuck inside.

Finally, NWS meteorologists confirmed a pair of EF1 tornadoes touched down in south Florida before dawn on Jan. 23, producing tree and some structural damage in both Hialeah and Miami Springs.

A rare "high risk" severe weather outlook was issued on the morning of Jan. 22 by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC). This was the first high risk severe weather outlook to be issued by SPC since June 3, 2014, which gives an idea of how unusual they are, though the number of severe reports and tornadoes on Jan. 22 were less than expected.

Strangely enough, rather intense low pressure over the South associated with this storm system took on an eye-like feature, and lead to non-thunderstorm wind damage in Houston and San Antonio on Jan. 22.

This impressive system set the January low pressure record for North Little Rock, Arkansas, 29.33 inches of mercury, besting the previous record from Jan. 18, 1982.

Source: The Weather Channel

Additional Resources:

Safeguard Properties Disaster Update Center

The Weather Channel (Southern Tornado Victims Identified; Search Still on For Missing Toddler)

FOX News (Georgia expands state of emergency after tornadoes; 20 dead across Southeast)

AccuWeather (Deadly tornadoes unleash 'total destruction' in southern Georgia)

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