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Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. Brandon was incorporated December 19, 1831. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rankin County. Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located east of the state capital.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.3 km2), of which 21.3 square miles (55.1 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.37%) is water.
A fatality occurred when a car was thrown 200 yards from Highway 49 in Richland. Several commercial and industrial buildings in Richland and Pearl were heavily damaged by this rain-wrapped tornado, a mobile home park in Pearl was severely damaged, and an auto dealership sustained significant roof damage. One metal frame industrial building was severely mangled. Numerous homes and several businesses all along the path sustained less severe EF1-strength damage, and Brandon Middle School's campus suffered minor damage, and a gas station along Interstate 20 near Pelahatchie was damaged before the tornado dissipated.