MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that it was a tornado that destroyed a mobile home and damaged another house in south Marion County Tuesday afternoon during a severe storm.
A NWS survey team which visited the area Wednesday said a low-end, F-2 tornado flipped a mobile home on Clear Creek Church Road in the Spring Cottage Community and damaged the roof of a house next door. The mobile home's owner, Amanda Pritchett, survived the storm with a fractured shoulder and other less serious injuries.
Pritchett is also five months pregnant with twin boys.
Her mother lives in the house next door, but wasn't home at the time of the storm.
"I was in town working and I had sent her a text and told her to take cover, because it looked like a tornado was in this area," said Rae Pritchett, Amanda Pritchett's mother. "She sent me one more text back, saying she was afraid and the next thing, I didn't hear anymore from her until her father called me to tell me that the trailer was gone and Mandy was O.K.," Pritchett said.
Marion County Emergency Management officials said the tornado was one quarter-mile wide and had an estimated windspeed of about 115 miles per hour. It had a track of about three miles.
Friends of Amanda Pritchett are accepting donations of clothing and other essentials for her family.
If you'd like to help, you can call Hope Walker at (601) 441-4630.