NWS surveys confirm tornadoes in Covington and Smith Sunday

PINE BELT, MS (WDAM)- Surveys completed by the National Weather Service Tuesday confirmed tornado touchdowns in Covington and Smith counties Sunday.

In Covington county, the survey team found EF1 damage along a 3 mile path.  Officials say the tornado was as much as 50 feet wide and had maximum estimated winds of 90 mph.  Two barns were heavily damaged and one home suffered minor roof and structural damage. A number of trees were snapped and uprooted along with a wooden light pole snapped.

The tornado started 6 miles South of Collins at 8:05 pm and ended 4 miles southwest of Collins at 8:09 pm.

In Smith county, the survey revealed an EF0 tornado.  The tornado had maximum estimated winds of 70 mph and a maximum width of 50 yards.  The tornado tracked 0.6 miles and knock down several trees.

The tornado first touched down 3.8 miles southeast of Pineville at 10:45pm and ended 3.2 miles southeast of Pineville at 10:46pm

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