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VARDAMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - The National Weather Service (NWS) assessed damage Wednesday after a storm blew through Vardaman in the early-morning hours leaving behind damage.
The school suffered significant damage, including the side of a building and damage to school buses.
Storm damage on Dobbs Street in Vardaman on March 31, 2021.
Storm damage at Vardaman School on March 31, 2021.
Surveyors will use data from the site, such as debris path, to determine if a tornado is to blame.
NWS meteorologist Gary Woodall said debris lied in a circular motion, leaving him to believe a tornado did indeed cause the damage.
“Anytime we have an impact like this without injuries or casualties, it's definitely good fortune,” he said. “Hopefully people that were out and about as the storm was coming through was keeping up with what was going on, have their safety plans.”
The Vardaman community is picking up the pieces after the overnight storm left parts of their town covered in debris.
Skylar Armstrong said she woke up around midnight on Wednesday with very little time to get to safety.
“I was scared but I didnt have time to be scared because I had to get my mama to the hall to be safe," said Armstrong.
Armstrong said she heard a whirling noise and rushed to the hallway with her mother.
Tasha Ezell lives a block away from Armstrong.
“When I laid down, we heard the sirens and we got up and it was telling us that the tornado had touched Vardaman," said Ezell.
Ezell’s home suffered minor damage. She said she's thankful a tree near her home fell away from the residence, or else the damage would’ve been worse.
Watch the interviews with both residents in the video above.