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Natchez
Natchez
Date
May 6, 1840
Windspeeds
280 mph
Casualties
317
Category
F5
Damage Costs
$1.26 mil. (1840)
$31.5 mil. (2014)
Areas Affected
Town of Natchez
Town of Vidalia

The Natchez Tornado hit Natchez, Mississippi on May 7, 1840 at 1:45 PM on a Thursday. Unaware of its presence until it was already too late, more than 300 people were killed and another hundred injured. Some believe that the death rate went up because of people dying from their injuries.

DescriptionEdit

The night before the tornado hit (May 6, 1840), there was a lightning storm that also brought 3 inches of rain. The real devastation came from the river that rolled between Natchez and Vidalia. There was a lot of activity going on in the river. May 7, 1840, at noon there was a severe thunderstorm with fast winds and heavy rain struck the two towns. Unaware, there was a tornado forming 20 miles southwest from that very storm. Once fully formed, it moved upwards to the two towns. The river acted as a pathway for the tornado, as it followed it to the towns. At 1:45 PM, the tornado slammed into Natchez, destroying the boats and killing all of the fisherman in them. It leveled the entire town. Since there was no national aid, the townspeople had to do the best they could.

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