Jasper County tornado victims picking up the pieces

Jasper County tornado victims picking up the pieces

JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Shadda Claire Bentley isn't a teenager yet, but she's trying to make sense of what has happened in her neighborhood.

“I was really scared, I didn't know what was going on,” she said.

A now confirmed EF-2 tornado hit their community Saturday,  knocking down trees and damaging homes.

Amy Grffin said her home was spared, but her friend Jason Hester's home was destroyed.

“ Jason was in the storm shelter, shaken”

Hester said once he received an alert on his cell phone, he ran into a storm shelter behind his home, and less than a minute later, the stormed hit his home.

The next day friends and neighbors joined together to help salvage belongings and clear some of the debris.

Mark Robbins drove all the way from Alabama to lend a helping hand.

“Just part of my new life and my job for God. Go out into the world and be a light, try to make a difference, make this world a little bit better,” Robbins said.

A team from the National Weather Service was also in the area assessing the damage. Meteorologist Alan Gerard said it's always important to heed the weather warnings.

“Southeast and Central Mississippi is actually one of the most tornado prone areas in the united states. People around here need to be extra aware of the weather.”

Ten homes were destroyed in Jasper County. The Red Cross shelter that was open is now closed. Everyone has found housing.