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NWS survey: Leakesville tornado had 160 mph winds and traveled 20 miles

Courtesy of Terri Street Courtesy of Terri Street
Courtesy of Terri Street Courtesy of Terri Street

LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM)- After a four day investigation, the National Weather Service office out of Mobile, AL concluded that the tornado that started near Leakesville was an EF-3 and had max winds of 160 mph.

The tornado first touched down West of Leakesville, just South of Highway 57.  It then crossed the highway, strengthened and turned east towards the city of Leakesville, running parallel with Highway 57. 

In Greene County the storm destroyed 23 homes, caused major damage to 28 homes and minor damage to 47 homes.  Five businesses were destroyed, five had major damage and four had minor damage.  One fatality occurred in a damaged mobile home, and there were six injuries.

The tornado continued ENE into Washington County, Alabama causing three fatalities and three injuries in a destroyed mobile home. 

The tornado lifted just prior to reaching Highway 45 near the Deer Park community.  The NWS says there was extensive tree damage along the entire 20 mile path.  The maximum width of the tornado was estimated at 500 yards.

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