NWS storm survey team assessing strength of deadly Tuesday torna - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

NWS storm survey team assessing strength of deadly Tuesday tornado

The National Weather Service went to Marion County Wednesday to determine damage from the Tuesday tornado. Photo by Charles Herrington The National Weather Service went to Marion County Wednesday to determine damage from the Tuesday tornado. Photo by Charles Herrington
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A National Weather Service team went to Marion County Wednesday to determine the strength of the tornado that killed two Columbia residents Tuesday afternoon.

"The main thing we're looking for is degree of damage and what is damaged," said Steve Wilkinson, a warning coordination meteorologist with NWS in Jackson.

Wilkinson said the Marion County twister was an EF-3, with maximum wind speeds of 165 mph. It was a half-mile wide, and stayed on the ground for 12 miles. 

"We had a tremendous rotation that showed up on the radar yesterday and now we're able to document how strong that is, so if we see that again, we know approximately what's going on on the ground," Wilkinson said.

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.





  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

    Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:32:54 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:36:13 GMT
    (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 22, 2018 file photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. Freeman is apologizing to anyone who may have felt “uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behavior....(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 22, 2018 file photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. Freeman is apologizing to anyone who may have felt “uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behavior....
    Actor Morgan Freeman has apologized for making anyone feel uneasy, in the wake of a CNN report in which multiple women accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.More >>
    Actor Morgan Freeman has apologized for making anyone feel uneasy, in the wake of a CNN report in which multiple women accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.More >>
  • Live Updates: USM takes on UAB in C-USA baseball tournament

    Live Updates: USM takes on UAB in C-USA baseball tournament

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:35:35 GMT
    Top-seeded USM is playing eighth-seeded University of Alabama-Birmingham in the Conference USA Baseball Championship at MGM Park in Biloxi. (Photo source: WDAM)Top-seeded USM is playing eighth-seeded University of Alabama-Birmingham in the Conference USA Baseball Championship at MGM Park in Biloxi. (Photo source: WDAM)

    After nearly 24 hours of delays, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles are finally playing baseball.

    More >>

    After nearly 24 hours of delays, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles are finally playing baseball.

    More >>
  • MS soldier surprises daughter at graduation practice

    MS soldier surprises daughter at graduation practice

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:17 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:17:36 GMT
    Leslie Martinez's dad, who was stationed Afghanistan, showed up to cheers as his daughter was rehearsing on stage. (Photo source: Lamar County School District Facebook)Leslie Martinez's dad, who was stationed Afghanistan, showed up to cheers as his daughter was rehearsing on stage. (Photo source: Lamar County School District Facebook)

    An Oak Grove senior received quite the surprise at her graduation practice on Thursday.  Leslie Martinez's dad, who was stationed Afghanistan, showed up to cheers as his daughter was rehearsing on stage. Juan Martinez embraced his surprised daughter as the emotional moment was caught on camera.  Lamar County School District Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    An Oak Grove senior received quite the surprise at her graduation practice on Thursday.  Leslie Martinez's dad, who was stationed Afghanistan, showed up to cheers as his daughter was rehearsing on stage. Juan Martinez embraced his surprised daughter as the emotional moment was caught on camera.  Lamar County School District Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly