Warren County has been confirmed as one of four areas that were affected by tornadoes inside the service area of the Jackson office of the National Weather Service.
Preliminary investigations have verified tornado damage and signatures in Richland Parish, the Piney Woods area in Simpson County as well as Hinds and Rankin counties.
The tornado in this immediate area originated in Madison Parish before crossing into Mississippi. The track on the storm began at 2:17 p.m., about 5 miles south by southwest of Mound, Louisiana, and traveled in an easterly direction around 5 miles southeast of the city limits of Vicksburg.
The peak wind speed that was documented was 106 mph, which places the storm in the EF-1 category. At its peak, the storm was as much as 600 yards wide and it maintained some type of tornado signature for around 17 miles.
It is undetermined whether this storm is related to the one that was tracked near Bolton at around 2:50 p.m. and subsequently ended up in Rankin County.
Information is still being gathered as it relates to these storms. Warren County Emergency Management has submitted preliminary data to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency indicating seven structures with significant damage.
Damage assessments from utility providers will not be incorporated into the statistical data until all services are restored. At that point, a dollar figure will be determined to signify whether state or federal assistance is available.
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