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storm gallery: May 3, 2009
May 3, 2009: I woke up in Jackson, Mississippi, on May 3 to the first wave of squalls hammering the hotel. After a snooze, I got up about an hour later and saw a huge bow heading our way on the radar. I was out of the hotel by 9 a.m. and heading south on I-55.
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| It looked like a cell was forming ahead of the line. I dropped south, then, trying to intercept the tornado-warned advance cell, made a problematic decision to take a tiny, windy road northwest into what was essentially a forest. This was shot by the dash cam.
|| Here's another look at the squall line from the dash cam. I tried to pick the first semi-clearing I saw so a tree wouldn't fall on me, since 70 mph winds were possible.
|| The winds didn't seem that strong on the hill, but it turns out it was wise not to be among the trees. And yes, that green color is very close to reality.
| I started to make my way toward a main road and saw lots of branches and some trees down. This was in a rural area west of Hazelhurst.
|| I was so close to the main road when ... yep, a tree down, blocking my way. I thought that might happen.
|| Here I am checking out the fallen tree. My superpowers failed to manifest, so I had to leave it, turn around and find another way out. I gave up the chase and headed west.
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