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Candlestick Park Tornado

Candlestick Park Tornado

The Candlestick Park tornado struck central Mississippi and western Alabama on March 3, 1966. The storm is named for the Candlestick Park Shopping Center in the southwest part of Jackson, Mississippi, which was completely destroyed. After passing through Jackson, leaving F5 damage in its wake, the storm (probably a very intense tornado family) left a nearly continual damage path over long across seven Mississippi and three Alabama counties, causing 58 fatalities and 518 injuries before dissipating northeast of Tuscaloosa. The author Lorian Hemingway has documented the devastation of South Jackson by the Candlestick Park Tornado in her 2002 book "A World Turned Over".

Confirmed tornadoes

March 3 event

List of reported tornadoes - Thursday, March 3 1966
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Louisiana
F1 Tensas 2100 1 Injury Brief touchdown, caused $2,500 in damages.
Mississippi
F5 Hinds, Rankin, Scott, Leake, Neshoba County, Mississippi, Kemper, Pickens (AL), Tuscaloosa (AL) 0030 58 Deaths 518 Injuries
Alabama
F1 Jefferson 0200 2 Injuries Brief touchdown, caused $25,000 in damages.

March 4 event

List of reported tornadoes - Friday, March 4 1966
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
North Carolina
F1 Bladen 1400 Brief touchdown, caused $25,000 in damages.
Outbreak death toll
State Total County County
total
Alabama 1 Pickens 1
Mississippi 57 Hinds 19
Leake 6
Neshoba 1
Rankin 5
Scott 26
Totals 58
All deaths were tornado-related

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