Hinds County leaders commemorate Candlestick Park tornado - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Hinds County leaders commemorate Candlestick Park tornado

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The Hinds County Board of Supervisors is working with the City of Jackson, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and the National Weather Service of Jackson to host a special commemoration ceremony on the 50th Anniversary of the Candlestick Park Tornado. The ceremony will remember the victims who lost their lives and honor first responders, survivors, and family members.

The event is set for Thursday, March 3rd, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be held at the Candlestick Park Shopping Center in Jackson. The public is welcome to join state and local officials who will give remarks and share their memories of the historic weather event. If there is inclement weather the ceremony will be moved inside one of the facilities located at Candlestick Park.

The F-5 tornado with winds of 261-318 mph was on the ground for 202 miles with a width of 900 yards.  It hit seven counties, including Hinds, Rankin, Scott, Leake, Neshoba, Kemper, and Noxubee.  58 people died, there were 518 injuries and more than 18 million dollars in damage. The tornado first touched down near Learned in Hinds County around 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 1966.  The twister moved into the City of Jackson. 12 people were killed and 100 injured at the Candlestick Park Shopping Center, which was virtually destroyed.  Cars were thrown more than one half mile and the pavement scoured from roads. More than 1,000 homes were damaged and 19 people killed in Hinds County.  The storm then passed into Rankin County, where six people died.  26 died in Rural Scott County and six died after it moved through Leake County.

The tornado is tied for the fifth deadliest in Mississippi history.

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