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Here's the latest we have on the aftermath from Saturday's tornadoes

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 3:24 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 10:31 AM

It has been determined there were four tornadoes in the area Saturday: two in Lowndes County (Artesia and Columbus), one in Tishomingo County (Burnsville) and one in Lamar County, Alabama (Kingville).

8:17 p.m.

Columbus tornado damage (Kayla Thompson)

Here's the report from the National Weather Service in Jackson on the Columbus tornado:

RATING: EF3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 137 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 9.96 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 440.0 YARDS
FATALITIES: 1
INJURIES: 11

START DATE: 02/23/2019
START TIME: 05:14 PM CST
START LOCATION: 2 SW COLUMBUS / LOWNDES COUNTY / MS
START LAT/LON: 33.4865 / -88.4346

END DATE: 02/23/2019
END TIME: 05:32 PM CST
END LOCATION: 4 N FOREST / LOWNDES COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON: 33.5462 / -88.2814

SUMMARY: THE TORNADO DEVELOPED ALONG THE SOUTHWEST EDGE OF
COLUMBUS, MS NEAR 1ST STREET, NOTED BY BROKEN SMALL HARDWOOD TREE
LIMBS AND UPROOTED HARDWOOD TREES, WHICH FELL A TOP OF A VOTING
PRECINCT SINGLE-STORY HOME. MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO A NEARBY TWO
STORY HOME ALSO OCCURRED. AS THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST
ACROSS THE EASTERN SIDE OF DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS, MS, IT BECAME
EVIDENT THAT THE STORM HAD GROWN IN STRENGTH A BIT AS STREETS
BECAME LITTERED WITH UPROOTED AND SNAPPED HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD
TREES, MANY OF WHICH HAD FALLEN ON HOMES, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT
ROOF DAMAGE. AS THE TORNADO MOVED ALONG 9TH STREET AND COLLEGE
STREET, DAMAGE WAS NOTED ON TOP OF A CELL TOWER, WHERE PORTIONS
OF THE METAL STRUCTURE WAS EVIDENTLY BENT. BY THE TIME THE
TORNADO REACHED 12TH STREET AND 4TH AVENUE, MORE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE
WAS NOTED BY WAY OF A BRICK FENCE ALONG A SINGLE FAMILY HOME
GETTING ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND ADDITIONAL SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED HARDWOOD TREES. WOODEN POWER LINES WERE SNAPPED NEAR OR
AT ITS BASE AT 12TH STREET AND 4TH AVENUE, WHERE PORTIONS OF THE
ROOF WAS LOSS AT THE NEARBY CANTERBURY TOWNHOUSES. LITTERED
DOWNED AND SNAPPED TREES FALLING ON TOP OF HOMES PERSISTED ALONG
THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS, AND SOUTHWARD FACING
HOMES ALONG RAILROAD STREET HAD WINDOWS THAT WERE BLOWN OUT. AS
THE TORNADO CONTINUED ALONG ITS NORTHEAST PATH, IT INTERSECTED
THE HUNT INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL ALONG 10TH AVENUE AND 20TH STREET
RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE ROOF, AND BLOWN OUT
WINDOWS ALONG THE SECOND FLOOR. ACROSS THE STREET, THE PARK AND
REC CENTER AND ACTIVITIES CENTER COMPOSED OF METAL AND TIN WERE
BLOWN IN/COLLAPSED ON ITS ENTRY SIDE. DAMAGE CONTINUED ALONG
TUSCALOOSA ROAD BY WAY OF FENCE DAMAGE ALONG THE OUTSKIRTS OF A
LOVES TRUCK STOP AND SNAPPED SOFTWOOD AND HARDWOOD TREES BEHIND
THE LOVES TRUCK STOP. THE FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH ALONG
TUSCALOOSA ROAD HAD HALF OF ITS TIN ROOF BLOWN OFF, AND THUS
RESULTED IN DAMAGE DONE TO THE INSIDE OF ITS WORSHIP AREA. AT THE
INTERSECTION OF TUSCALOOSA ROAD AND CONWAY ROAD, SEVERAL
MANUFACTURED BUILDINGS HAD MOST OF ITS EXTERIOR WALLS AND ROOFS
CAVED IN. THE ONE FATALITY OCCURRED AT THE INTERSECTION OF
TUSCALOOSA ROAD AND GARDNER STREET, WHERE A STRUCTURAL SOUND
BRICK BUILDING COLLAPSED AND THE MAJORITY OF THE EXTERIOR WALLS
WERE DESTROYED. THIS TORNADO BEGAN TO WEAKEN AS IT NEARED THE
ALABAMA STATE LINE, AS SEVERAL SOFTWOOD MEDIUM SIZE TREE LIMBS
AND SNAPPED SOFTWOOD TREES OCCURRED NORTH OF HIGHWAY 50. THIS
TORNADO LIFTED JUST AS IT CROSSED STATE LINES INTO ALABAMA.

6:55 p.m.

Information for those affected by the Columbus tornado:

Signup for emergency services can be done at the Townsend Center at 826 15th Street South

Emergency shelters can be found at the Townsend Center and the Columbus Housing Authority Centers (Jesse Carter Center on 12th Avenue North and the MLK Center)

6:25 p.m.

Here's the report from the National Weather Service in Birmingham on the Lamar County, Alabama, tornado:

RATING: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH (STATUTE): 9.22 MILES
PATH WIDTH (MAXIMUM): 700 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 02/23/2019
START TIME: 05:52 PM CST
START LOCATION: 3 SSE HIGHTOGY / LAMAR COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON: 33.6560/-88.0590

END DATE: 02/23/2019
END TIME: 06:09 PM CST
END LOCATION: 4 ESE CROSSVILLE / FAYETTE COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON: 33.7319/-87.9273

SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF CRAWFORD RD
IN THE KINGVILLE COMMUNITY AND TRAVELED NORTHEAST. AT THE INITIAL
POINT OF TOUCHDOWN, A LARGE AREA OF NUMEROUS UPROOTED AND SNAPPED
TREES WERE OBSERVED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 49. IN THIS AREA, NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 20 AND COUNTY ROAD 49, A MANUFACTURED
HOME WAS LOFTED AND DISPLACED TO THE NORTHEAST APPROXIMATELY 75 FEET
ALONG THE TRACK. FORTUNATELY, THERE WERE NO INJURIES. MAXIMUM
WINDS AT THIS LOCATION WERE 105 MPH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TRACKING
NORTHEAST TOWARD WESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY JUST SOUTH OF HWY 18.
ALONG THE PATH, SEVERAL UPROOTED TREES AND MANY SNAPPED LIMBS WERE
OBSERVED, HOWEVER, AREAL COVERAGE WAS NOT AS SIGNIFICANT AS IN THE
KINGVILLE AREA. THE DAMAGE PATH BECOME MORE NARROW AS THE TORNADO
TRACKED NORTHEAST. THE TORNADO LIFTED A FEW MILES INSIDE THE WESTERN
FAYETTE COUNTY LINE JUST EAST OF HOWTON RD.

4 p.m.

2:40 p.m.

2 p.m.

12:20 p.m.

12 p.m.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation says Highway 72 in Tishomingo County has reopened following Saturday's tornado.

11:55 a.m.

Here is the National Weather Service assessment of the tornado that struck Artesia Saturday:

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.48 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 150.0 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 02/23/2019
START TIME: 04:53 PM CST
START LOCATION: 2 SSW ARTESIA / LOWNDES COUNTY / MS
START LAT/LON: 33.3905 / -88.654

END DATE: 02/23/2019
END TIME: 04:55 PM CST
END LOCATION: 2 S ARTESIA / LOWNDES COUNTY / MS
END LAT/LON: 33.3929 / -88.6463

SUMMARY: A BRIEF EF0 TORNADO DEVELOPED DURING THE EVENING OF FEB.
23RD ALONG SHLATER ROAD WEST OF US 45, WHERE IT UPROOTED AND
SNAPPED SEVERAL SOFTWOOD TREES. IT QUICKLY MOVED NORTHEAST AND
CROSSED US 45 WHERE IT SNAPPED SOFTWOOD TREES ALONG THE BOTH SIDES
OF US 45, AND CAUSED ROOF LOSS TO A MOBILE HOME AND TIN SHED
ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF US 45. IN ADDITION, THE TIN FROM THE
STORAGE SHED WAS LOFTED TO THE EAST SIDE OF US 45. ADDITIONAL
SNAPPED SOFTWOOD TREES OCCURRED JUST EAST OF US 45 BEFORE THE
TORNADO FINALLY LIFTED.

11:33 a.m.

10:51 a.m.

9 a.m.

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith says utility crews from Tupelo, Starkville, Amory, West Point, and Louisville are there to help restore power.

Smith adds that 12 people went to the hospital Saturday night following the tornado.  

Out of the 12, one died.

He is asking people to avoid sightseeing in the tornado-damaged areas.

City leaders have signed an emegency declaration in hopes of getting financial help from federal and state governments for the recovery.

7:50 a.m.

7:40 a.m.

7:17 a.m.

Cable One says its crews are waiting for permission to get into the tornado-damaged area so they can restore cable and internet service in Columbus.

7:11 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham plans to go to Lamar County, Alabama, to confirm that a tornado struck on Saturday.  Emergency management reported one touching down in the Kingville area causing damage to a manufactured home near County Roads 20 and 49.

7:04 a.m.

6:52 a.m.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 484675

Reported Deaths: 9480
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison33151493
Hinds31184589
DeSoto30803365
Jackson23735349
Rankin21390373
Lee14963221
Madison14206272
Jones13430227
Forrest13199241
Lauderdale11623307
Lowndes10501176
Lamar10258130
Pearl River9151221
Lafayette8268137
Hancock7534113
Washington7144152
Oktibbeha6989124
Monroe6533167
Neshoba6489201
Warren6486166
Pontotoc632993
Panola6278127
Marshall6165126
Bolivar6129145
Union576089
Pike5626138
Alcorn540590
Lincoln5310132
George473572
Scott461596
Leflore4495140
Tippah448180
Prentiss447979
Itawamba4457100
Adams4429117
Tate4420103
Wayne434667
Simpson4339114
Copiah432988
Yazoo423686
Covington417192
Sunflower4155104
Marion4111104
Coahoma3986100
Leake398286
Newton372375
Grenada3565104
Stone351360
Tishomingo338389
Attala325987
Jasper316062
Winston305691
Clay297374
Chickasaw287866
Clarke283290
Calhoun267741
Holmes262887
Smith252249
Yalobusha224347
Tallahatchie221150
Walthall211758
Greene209945
Lawrence207034
Perry201054
Amite199452
Webster196942
Noxubee179339
Montgomery172954
Jefferson Davis168342
Carroll162537
Tunica154235
Benton143035
Kemper138840
Choctaw128826
Claiborne127134
Humphreys127038
Franklin116928
Quitman104227
Wilkinson102036
Jefferson91533
Sharkey63020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 790648

Reported Deaths: 14025
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1117431765
Mobile709021237
Madison50032633
Shelby36350315
Baldwin36278495
Tuscaloosa34034548
Montgomery33229678
Lee22712220
Calhoun21297410
Morgan19852335
Etowah19341462
Marshall17716274
Houston16862386
St. Clair15479305
Cullman14659258
Limestone14609188
Elmore14507264
Lauderdale13557281
Talladega13015236
DeKalb12214237
Walker10604330
Blount9735157
Autauga9691137
Jackson9400158
Coffee8934175
Dale8631173
Colbert8545184
Tallapoosa6688181
Escambia6599121
Covington6466167
Chilton6395144
Russell608755
Franklin5805101
Chambers5425134
Marion4818120
Dallas4713189
Clarke464079
Pike463297
Geneva4433117
Winston427395
Lawrence4124108
Bibb410281
Barbour347470
Marengo326485
Monroe320253
Butler318490
Randolph306656
Pickens306474
Henry302658
Hale293085
Cherokee290855
Fayette280373
Washington245548
Crenshaw238770
Cleburne236751
Clay229265
Macon220658
Lamar200443
Conecuh182046
Coosa170835
Lowndes170858
Wilcox159736
Bullock149543
Perry136537
Sumter124736
Greene121443
Choctaw73427
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 73°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 72°
Oxford
Partly Cloudy
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 73°
Starkville
Partly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 75°
Little bits and pieces of low pressure move back into our area over the next several days. This will bring back into our weather forecast some more chances for some isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms.
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