JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County first responders are remembering a tornado one year ago that killed two people and damaged or destroyed nearly three dozen homes in that county.
The twister, which hit on the afternoon of Dec. 23, 2014, killed Leonardo Drummond, 45, and Josey White, 40. Their mobile home on Mullican Road was leveled in the storm.
"The community has restored itself rather well, but it's hard to forget those people that lost their lives that day," said Lee Garick, chief of the Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department.
The tornado, which was an EF-2, struck about 3:20 p.m. and was on the ground for about five miles.
"It's always tragic to lose lives and to have damage to your property, but two days before Christmas really impacts you, because you're not thinking of bad weather," said Marda Tullos, executive director of Jones County Emergency Management.
Tullos said most storm victims have rebuilt their homes.
A separate tornado on the same day also hit the city of Columbia, killing three people and damaging dozens of homes and businesses.