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.

Cases: 291891

Reported Deaths: 6605
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19470226
Hinds18555383
Harrison16385273
Rankin12498260
Jackson12401216
Lee9635160
Madison9353193
Jones7836144
Forrest7055135
Lauderdale6735225
Lowndes5989137
Lamar579379
Lafayette5688113
Washington5124128
Bolivar4567120
Oktibbeha438091
Panola424092
Warren4091113
Pearl River4070127
Pontotoc406066
Marshall397992
Monroe3971125
Union391372
Neshoba3746166
Lincoln343799
Hancock337773
Leflore3346118
Sunflower315785
Tate299172
Pike297792
Scott291367
Alcorn289760
Itawamba288471
Yazoo282662
Tippah275265
Copiah273357
Coahoma272265
Simpson269278
Prentiss267158
Leake250870
Wayne250140
Marion249478
Covington246277
Grenada244576
Adams232374
George229545
Newton222551
Winston220174
Tishomingo210965
Jasper210343
Attala205669
Chickasaw200250
Holmes181470
Clay177348
Stone170729
Tallahatchie169039
Clarke167671
Calhoun155327
Smith151131
Yalobusha141936
Greene126333
Walthall123040
Noxubee122429
Montgomery120537
Perry120133
Lawrence118420
Carroll117123
Amite110632
Webster108629
Jefferson Davis99831
Tunica97923
Claiborne97329
Benton92524
Humphreys91226
Kemper89222
Quitman76614
Franklin75319
Choctaw69316
Wilkinson62226
Jefferson60827
Sharkey48817
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 488973

Reported Deaths: 9660
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson703321342
Mobile35725716
Madison32088437
Tuscaloosa23913404
Montgomery22369481
Shelby21714209
Baldwin19554263
Lee14827147
Morgan13529243
Etowah13091309
Calhoun13063281
Marshall11197202
Houston10019255
Limestone9303130
Elmore9283179
Cullman8856176
St. Clair8747214
Lauderdale8541209
DeKalb8419173
Talladega7424161
Walker6466240
Jackson6450101
Autauga614384
Blount6058125
Colbert5973118
Coffee522299
Dale4606106
Russell400530
Franklin396575
Covington3918105
Chilton380096
Escambia375970
Tallapoosa3533138
Clarke342348
Dallas3385139
Chambers3382102
Pike292471
Lawrence280685
Marion277492
Winston244563
Marengo243454
Bibb243259
Geneva238168
Pickens223453
Barbour208450
Hale208064
Fayette198755
Butler194865
Henry181741
Cherokee175737
Monroe165538
Randolph161240
Washington155832
Crenshaw143052
Clay142554
Macon140344
Cleburne136139
Lamar130632
Lowndes130148
Wilcox120525
Bullock116033
Conecuh106423
Perry104927
Sumter98231
Greene86732
Coosa86323
Choctaw54723
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