8 May 2011
Mississippi Tornado Upgraded to EF 5. Takes Road With It.
Posted by Dan Satterfield
The supercell responsible for this, killed three people and was the first EF 5 in Mississippi since 1966.
The fatalities happened when a strapped down double wide mobile home was thrown 300 yards in the air and into a line of trees, and obliterated. You can read the storm survey from the NWS here.
We had a F5 here in Ohio, spring of 1985, it uprooted caskets. They were on a hillside, the storm stalled for a few seconds and just scoured out the earth. Seconds before it had passed over a trailer park without touching a thing. That little quirk of fate made the front page the next day.
A tornado with strong winds carrying rocks, bricks, and sand is like a giant grinder destroying anything including roads.