Jones Co. tornado had max winds of 125 mph

Jones Co. tornado had max winds of 125 mph

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A storm survey conducted by the National Weather Service out of Jackson has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado with estimated max winds of 125 mph struck Jones County Tuesday.

Weather experts believe the tornado was as wide as 350 yards and tracked 5 miles. The path of destruction began at 3:22 p.m., five miles west of Laurel and stopped four miles north of Laurel.

Members of the NWS survey team say the tornado caused extensive tree and power line damage as well as some major structural damage. Most of the structural damage is concentrated along Mullican road in the Calhoun community.

A wood frame home was "leveled" and a mobile home was destroyed on Mullican road, which resulted in two fatalities.