Sunday’s storm spawned third EF4 tornado in a week to strike Mississippi

Published 10:09 pm Monday, April 20, 2020

A severe weather system that moved through Mississippi Sunday afternoon and evening spawned a powerful and deadly EF4 tornado, the National Weather Service’s Jackson office confirmed Monday.

The tornado was the third EF4 tornado to strike Mississippi in the last week. Two other EF4 tornadoes struck the Magnolia state a week prior on Easter Sunday.

This Sunday’s storm was on the ground for 1 hour, 9 minutes and cut a path 54.2 miles long. The storm grew to a width of 1.25 miles at its widest.

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One person was killed and another injured in the twister.

The storm began in Walthall County and continued across Marion, Lamar, Forrest and Perry counties before it subsided.

Storm chasers and emergency crews surveyed the damage Monday.

Damage reported to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency included:

  • Forrest – 8 homes damaged, 25 roads closed due to debris
  • Marion – 20 homes damaged, 20+ roads closed due to debris, one fire station on Hurricane Creek Road destroyed
  • Jackson – one home destroyed, one home major damage