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New storm shelter opens in Winston County

The month of April is traditionally the peak month for tornadoes in Mississippi.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 7:34 PM
Updated: Apr 3, 2019 9:28 AM

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The month of April is traditionally the peak month for tornadoes in Mississippi.

With the possible threat of severe weather this week, Winston County Emergency Management Director Buddy King is sending a warning to be prepared.

“We ask that people be self-sufficient 72 hours after a storm,” he said.

Three times in the last 15 years Winston County has been declared a disaster area.

Once in April 2011, an EF-4 tornado touched down and killed three people. Again in April 2014 another EF-4 tornado ripped through the city and killed 10.

“Everyone should have an idea of how best to protect themselves, whether it is to shelter in place or go to a storm shelter,” King said.

Luckily for folks in Winston County, a new storm shelter has opened on North Columbus Avenue.

The shelter can hold more than 2,000 people.

King said the building can withstand winds up to 250 mph.

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