JACKSON, Miss.--Ten tornadoes touched down in Mississippi late Wednesday and early Thursday. That's according to National weather Service survey teams, who completed their stats Saturday.
No one was killed and there were at least seven injuries state-wide.
The strongest remains an EF3, with winds estimated at 140 mph in Scott and Newton counties. That twister stayed on the ground for 16 miles and was a half mile wide, according to the report. The tornado touched down near Harpersville, but reached its peak strngth near the Cott/Newton County line, where several steek electric transmission poles were bent over by the winds. Several homes were damaged or deatroyed, plenty of trees were uprooted and there was at least one person injured.
The weather Service told us that the EF3 was only the second of that strength ever recorded in October. Mississippi's second tornado season usually spans the month of November.
In Washington County it was determined that straight line winds were reponsible for damage to the Greenville Weston High School campus. Part of the roof was blown off of the 9th grade building, while other buildings sustained less serious damage. Power was knocked out to thousands and stayed out for a couple of days for some. There is no school Monday for students due to the damage, which was confined to areas south of Hwy. 82.
There were also two twisters in Leake County (both EF1), one destroying a home near Carthage; two more in Humphreys County (both EF1) near Louise, with homes destroyed and damaged; one in Sharkey County(EF2), with injuries; an EF1 in southeast Neshoba County; an EF1 in eastern Yazoo County; an EF1 in central Genada County and an EF2 in Bolivar County, near Shelby that destroyed a radio tower and a mobile home.