1953 Vicksburg, Mississippi tornado

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A strong tornado struck Vicksburg, Mississippi and areas nearby during the evening of December 5, 1953. The storm ran through the city at right after 5:30 pm that Saturday evening. The event killed 38 people. It was then the fourth deadliest tornado in the history of the state.[1] It also injured almost 270. Damage totaled $25 million at the time.

The tornado that went through Vicksburg was estimated officially as an F5.[2] That rating, however, is questionable. That's because the property destroyed was frail and weak. Some people call this tornado likely an F4 instead of an F5.

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  1. "The Deadliest Mississippi Tornadoes". National Weather Service. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  2. "The 1953 Vicksburg, Mississippi Tornado". National Weather Service. Retrieved December 11, 2021.