JACKSON, Miss.– On March 3, 1966, one of the most devastating tornadoes in Mississippi history occurred. This tornado would come to be known as the “Candlestick Park” tornado, named after a shopping center in south Jackson which was totally destroyed by the tornado.
This tornado is one of only two documented F5 tornadoes to touch down in Mississippi in the 20th century. The worst damage occurred in parts of Hinds, Rankin, Scott and Leake Counties. 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured.
The official track for the tornado shows a continuous, 202.5 mile track from Hinds County, Mississippi to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. The tornado dissipated about 745 p.m. near Tuscaloosa.