Early Severe Weather Outbreak across the Gulf Coast and Mid- Atlantic

This week saw a major severe weather outbreak, including a number of killer tornadoes. Most tornado outbreaks in February are confined to the deep South, but even the Mid-Atlantic coast was affected.

Storm began to fire on Tuesday across the Texas Gulf Coast, then quickly became severe as they moved into Louisiana. An EF-3 tornado, a strong tornado (with winds estimated at at least 150 mph) near Convent, La killed two people in a mobile home park.

In Mississippi, a man was killed by an EF-2 (strong) tornado in the town of Purvis.

The storms moved into the southeast, then began to intensify a second day, this time over Virginia. In the town of Waverly, two men and a two year old child were killed when their mobile home was struck by an EF1 (weak) tornado. A fourth person was killed by an EF-3 (strong) tornado in Evergreen with winds as high as 165 mph.

Officials say the 4 tornado deaths in Virginia are the first ever in that state in February.

See the maps below of storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center for Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24.



Photo Credits: NOAA

Jim Purpura
Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Director, Weather Forecasting
WeatherExtreme, Ltd.