Columbus, MS F2 Tornado – October 10, 1992

SPC Stats:

Path length: 2 miles

Width:  440 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  16

Rating:  F2

County:  Lowndes

There have been 23 tornadoes confirmed on October 10 (1950-2017).  All have a rating of F1 or F2.  On October 10, 1992, an F2 moved a quick 2 miles through Columbus, MS.  There were 16 injuries and no fatalities.  Two mobile homes and 5 frame homes were destroyed.   30+ business received damage.  At the Mississippi University for Women, the tornado toppled the top of the historic clock tower at Callaway Hall.  The "Old Maid's Gate" at the front of the school was destroyed.  Here is a photo of the clock damage via a Hazard Mitigation Plan Five Year Update for Mississippi University for Women (MUW) Columbus, Mississippi. Lowndes County. 

Storm Data Entry

The tornado touched down near the city limits on the northwestern side of Columbus and moved southeast through the city.  Sixteen people were injured, none seriously. Two mobile homes were destroyed and five others damaged. Three homes were destroyed and nearly 70 others sustained damage.  Thirty to forty businesses were damaged. Mississippi University for Women took a direct hit from the tornado and received major damage. Many trees were blown down or had the tops ripped off.

Tornado Path

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Only one lat/lon was provided by SPC/NWS:  Start: 33.50 / -88.42      

Storm Data stated the tornado moved to the southeast from the NW side of Columbus for 2 miles. I have placed an estimated end point 2 miles from the start point and placed the location of the Mississippi University for Women.

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1992 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Width:

  • Grazulis has a width of 400 yards.
  • Remaining sources have a width of 440 yards.

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

October 1992 Storm Data Publication

newspapers.com

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1340.