City of Petal still recovering one year after tornado

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - After an EF-4 tornado swept through the Pine Belt, it left many businesses and homes destroyed, but Ace Hardware in Petal was hit the worst.

"We've got Ace Hardware, which is probably the most visible symbol of the tornado in Petal because of it's location and it's being rebuilt and getting close to being back open," said Mayor Hal Marx.

Marx said the attitude of the city was to recover, and come back bigger and better than ever.

"We've tried to work with people as far as our building code and our building regulations to help people get their homes built back faster," said Marx. "We have of course done what we can to help make sure our emergency response to storms is even better, and we have our new tornado sirens up that hopefully will give people warning.

Although the twister's winds sustained 170 miles per hour, nobody died.

"I was expecting to see a lot of casualties," said Marx. "Thank the good lord that wasn't the case and nobody was seriously hurt or killed."