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NWS classifies fatal Sunday storm as EF-4 tornado

Photo courtesy of MEMA
Photo courtesy of MEMA

The National Weather Service has provided additional details related to Sunday’s severe weather.

The tornado that touched down in South Mississippi on Sunday, which resulted in one fatality in Marion County, has been rated as an EF-4 storm with winds maxing out at 170 mph. The long-track tornado began in Walthall County at 7:10 p.m. and traveled 54 miles before dissipating in Perry County at 8:19 p.m.

Courtesy of NWS

The fatality occurred in Marion County when a mobile home was destroyed by the storm.

The full summary of the tornado can be seen here.

While damage assessments are ongoing, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says that that nine counties have reported damage.

  • Amite – 7 homes damaged/affected
  • Forrest – 8 homes damaged
  • Hancock – 10 homes damaged/affected
  • Jackson – 1 home destroyed, 1 farm building destroyed
  • Lamar – 1 home and 3 mobile homes destroyed, 8 homes and 7 mobile homes with major damage, 2 businesses destroyed
  • Marion – Estimated 20 homes damaged, 1 Fire Station on Hurricane Creek Road destroyed
  • Perry – 3 homes damaged
  • Smith – 1 home with major damage
  • Walthall – 10 homes damaged/affected

For those that sustained damage during the April 19 severe weather, you’re encouraged to report that damage using our citizen self-reporting tool:

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