A National Weather Service survey confirmed an EF-1 tornado in Marion County Monday morning. Officials estimate that the tornado had peak winds of 100 mph, a maximum width of 100 yards, and a path length of 3 miles.
The NWS survey indicates that the tornado tracked from 6 miles SW of Columbia at 8:19am and ended 5 miles SW of Columbia at 8:25am. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. A couple of sheds and a gazebo were destroyed along with shingle damage to a couple of homes. Also a metal carport was blown into a house.
NWS officials say this Marion County tornado was likely a continuation from a tornado that started in neighboring Walthall County.
The Walthall survey, also confirmed an EF1 tornado beginning in Simonds then moving through the town of Dexter and ending near Mildred. This tornado was estimated to have a path length of 20 miles with maximum width of 100 yards. Plus, maximum winds estimated at 100 mph.
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