Latest on day following devastating tornadoes

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.

Confirmed Cases: 32888

Reported Deaths: 1188
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DeSoto172418
Madison132635
Jones114049
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Rankin98213
Harrison96911
Lauderdale92280
Forrest91643
Scott77915
Jackson68917
Copiah62015
Washington61710
Leake58919
Lee56220
Holmes56041
Oktibbeha55227
Wayne54515
Warren53218
Yazoo5236
Lowndes50913
Grenada5067
Leflore50053
Lamar4917
Lincoln48434
Pike45416
Monroe42534
Sunflower4208
Lafayette4094
Covington3755
Attala36523
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Simpson3453
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Tate31011
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Marion30012
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Clay24911
Smith22911
Union21810
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Kemper17914
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Humphreys1569
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Hancock13413
Webster12711
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Tunica1133
Jefferson1103
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Greene1059
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Wilkinson939
George913
Tishomingo891
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Choctaw754
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Perry724
Stone692
Franklin452
Benton420
Sharkey370
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Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 46424

Reported Deaths: 1032
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Jefferson5486155
Montgomery4246105
Mobile4219136
Tuscaloosa234644
Marshall177011
Madison15548
Lee143337
Shelby135724
Morgan11285
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Jackson3022
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Randolph2169
Macon1999
Choctaw19712
Bibb1961
Greene1868
Perry1791
Henry1363
Crenshaw1253
Washington1187
Lawrence1090
Cherokee1037
Geneva840
Lamar801
Fayette721
Clay692
Coosa591
Cleburne391
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