NWS storm survey team assessing strength of deadly Tuesday tornado

NWS storm survey team assessing strength of deadly Tuesday tornado

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.