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Damage from Friday and Saturday storms are still adding up

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Lightning struck the water at a home on Warrington Road. Damage tallies from across the state are still rising. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Arnold)

The National Weather Service has ruled that at least 4 tornadoes touched down in the state of Mississippi on Friday night into Saturday morning.

High winds, lightning and torrential rain exacerbated the damage and added to the tally.

  • Just after 8 p.m. on Friday night, an EF-1 tornado touched down in Attala County, with peak wind speeds calculated at 95 mph. Ten homes and three businesses sustained damage.
  • At around 8:40 p.m., an EF-0 tornado was tracked on the ground in Rankin County near Pelahatchie. The storm stayed on or near ground level for nearly thirty minutes and traveled over eleven miles in the process. Fortunately only 1 home suffered significant damage.
  • At about 11:35 p.m. an EF-1 tornado was spotted in Lincoln County. It was tracked traveling just over four miles for approximately eleven minutes.
  • At around 12:30 a.m., an EF-1 tornado touched down in Marion County, traveling almost eight miles. Winds associated with the storm were clocked at a peak of 105 mph.

No significant injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the storms. Although assessments are still ongoing, the latest information from MEMA indicates that the state was comparatively lucky. The following is the latest update:

  • Attala – Ten homes; Three businesses
  • Chickasaw – Fourteen homes; One business
  • Hinds – One home
  • Issaquena – One home
  • Rankin – One home
  • Warren – Three homes
  • Yazoo  – One home

The most significant damage in Warren County occurred when lightning struck a home on Warrenton Road, igniting a fire in the water heater area. The homeowners remain displaced due to the damage.

Lightning struck this water heater at a home on Warrington Road, causing a fire and evacuation of the home. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Arnold)

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