Smithville tornado was an EF-5...highest MS tornado rating since 1966

Smithville Tornado-Pic submitted to "Send it to 7"
Smithville Tornado-Pic submitted to "Send it to 7"

MONROE CO., MS (WDAM)- National Weather Service in Memphis confirms that an EF-5 tornado with winds up to 205 mph struck the city of Smithville  in Monroe County Wednesday afternoon.  This is the highest rating for tornado damage and the first EF-5 tornado to hit Mississippi since March 1966.

Weather service survey teams report the tornado had a maximum width of one half mile and a path length of 2.82 miles.

There are 14 confirmed deaths, more than 40 injuries and 14 people reported missing in Monroe County.

The NWS says most the homes destroyed were well built within the past ten years and bolted down to their foundations.  A 1965 Chevy pickup truck parked in front one of the destroyed homes has not been found. All appliances and plumbing fixtures in the most extreme damage path shredded or missing.

Statewide there are 33 confirmed deaths with more than 160 injuries.

Additional weather service survey teams are working throughout the state to determine other tornado touchdowns.

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