Yazoo City Hit by Second Tornado this Year

November 30, 2010; 12:15 PM
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Following the damage done by a tornado on Monday evening, residents of Yazoo City, Miss., may be thinking that their city has become a magnet for tornadoes. Monday's tornado is actually the second twister this year to hit the city.

The tornado tore through Yazoo City, located in western Mississippi, shortly after 8 p.m. CST Monday.

The twister snapped or uprooted numerous large oak trees and downed power lines. The roof of a courthouse sustained damage with at least 18 businesses suffering major structural damage.

According to the Associated Press, there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Monday's tornado hit seven months after another tornado slammed the Yazoo City area on April 24. This twister destroyed a church and several businesses. Numerous homes also sustained heavy damage or were destroyed.

The tornado in April entered record books as one of the longest-tracking, widest and deadliest tornadoes to tear through Mississippi.

The tornado remained on the ground for a total of 149.25 miles, killing 10 people. Four of these deaths occurred in Yazoo County.

The twister reached its strongest intensity on the south side of Yazoo City, receiving an EF-4 ranking with maximum winds of 170 mph.

This was the scene in Yazoo City, Miss., on April 24, 2010, after a tornado tore through (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). Submit your storm photos on the AccuWeather.com Facebook page.

Yazoo City being struck twice by tornadoes this year is a statistically rare feat.

AccuWeather.com meteorologist Randy Adkins Jr. estimated that the chance of one place in Mississippi being hit twice by tornadoes in one year is "one hundredth of one percent."

Adkins continued, "That's on par with the odds of dying by the result of drowning during your life time."

Adkins came to that conclusion by taking into account the average number of tornadoes in a given year in Mississippi (28) and the total amount of land that would approximately be affected by those tornadoes.

Monday's tornado in Yazoo City was produced as invading colder air clashed into the warm and moist air mass that covered the lower Mississippi Valley.

This setup led to the development of several other tornadoes across northern Louisiana and Mississippi late on Monday.

One of the twisters destroyed three homes northwest of Atlanta, La. Numerous trees were snapped off about 15 feet above the ground.

Five people reportedly sustained injuries after another tornado destroyed numerous homes about six miles south-southeast of Amory, Miss.

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