NWS confirms at least 5 EF-1 tornadoes hit Mississippi

The photo is the approaching cell across Roux Field behind Town Hall in Walnut Grove (Photo: Walnut Grove Police Department)

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five EF- 1 tornadoes hit Mississippi Tuesday.

The NWS in Jackson said it’s counted six confirmed tornadoes on Wednesday in the areas of the state it monitors. Of those six, five of them were categorized as EF-1 twisters.

One of the tornadoes that went through Rankin and Scott County stayed on the ground for about 40 minutes, according to NWS.

That twister started near the intersection of Leesburg Road and Harrell Road in Rankin County. It then traveled into northern Scott County. It crossed Measles Road at Highway 481. Power lines were brought down along with trees. The same storm moved entered into the Walnut Grove community in Leake County. Officials said the storm traveled a little over 20 miles and was 300 yards wide. Some of its strongest winds were going 100 miles per hour.

Another tornado touched down in Winston County near C. McDonald Road.That same storm system entered Noxubee County and cased damaged on Jr. Boy Goodin road. Trees were also brought down near Ebenezer Church Road. That storm system only traveled for about five miles and ways 170 yards wide. Its winds peaked at 105 miles per hour, according to NWS.

Damage in Oktibbeha County was caused by a tornado that started near Skinner Road. The NWS said it traveled about three and a half miles before it lifted and crossed Robinson Road. There was minor roof damaged caused to a few homes. The tornado had strong winds up to 110 miles per hour, and its path width was about 150 yards.

The fourth twister hit Clay County and traveled into Monroe County. There were trees damage and roof damage near the county line. Weather experts said that storm’s path width was about 50 yards. Its winds peaked at 110 miles per hour.

The last tornado NWS confirmed went through Lowndes County. NWS storm survey says that the twister traveled southwest of Columbus for almost three miles. There was moderate tree damage in that area. We’re told that a farm was heavily damaged near the storm’s start point. Winds peaked at 105 miles per hour, and its path width was about 100 yards.

As crews still assess damage, WJTV will update this story.

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