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This Day in Weather History

Other than some gusty winds and rain showers, the weather today is fairly uneventful. However, this was not the case on this day in 1992 and 1994!

On November 21, 1992, a late-night F4 tornado tracked 128 miles across Mississippi, striking the cities of Florence and Brandon. Both cities are about 20-25 minutes from the state’s capital of Jackson. The tornado first touched down about 30 minutes southwest of Florence at 11:27 P.M. At 11:37 P.M, it moved just southeast of Florence, and by 11:53 it had moved through the southwest city limits of Brandon. The tornado continued north-northeast until finally dissipating near the town of Mathiston at 2:01 A.M. 12 people were killed and 122 were injured, mainly in Brandon. In addition, many homes were destroyed or badly damaged. The tornado is believed to have reached it’s maximum F4 strength in Brandon.

On November 21, 1994, Hurricane Gordon caused 1,122 deaths in Haiti, mostly the result of mudslides. 8 people died when Gordon came ashore in Florida, with winds in the Category 1 range at 85 mph. Additionally, more than 14 inches of rain fell in Fort Lauderdale. In the end, Gordon caused more than 400 million dollars in damage in the U.S. alone.