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Storm damage reported in the Pine Belt

Photo credit WDAM: A destroyed trailer in Lamar County. Photo credit WDAM: A destroyed trailer in Lamar County.
PINE BELT (WDAM) -

Severe weather swept through the Pine Belt, causing damage in multiple counties, and at least one fatality in Lamar County.

“Unfortunately Lamar County was the one that got hit, some other damage reported in some other counties of course, but we were kind of ground zero,” Lamar County Emergency Management Director James Smith said.

Damage was reported along Doc Johnson, McRaney and Beach Roads, with the most damage along Sones Road, just outside Purvis.

“We had what we believe is a tornado that touched down in the southwest part of the county and did do some significant damage to structures, trees, power lines that type of thing,” Smith said.

Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel identified the victim as 73-year-old Harris Dale Purvis.

MOBILE USERS: VIEW DAMAGE PHOTOS HERE.

According to emergency personnel, Purvis was thrown nearly 100 yards into a nearby field after an apparent tornado hit his mobile home at 166 Sones Road.

“This is one of those time that we knew the weather was going to be very bad, but we didn’t have an exact target as to where, but knew Lamar County as a whole was in the crosshairs,” Smith said.

On Wednesday morning, emergency management officials will begin their damage assessment of the county, and begin logging all the information.

“We will finish our detailed damage assessment Wednesday, we will know exactly how many structures we got and things like that, but right now we just got a soft number,” Smith said.

No other injuries were reported in the county.

“We had been anticipating this all day, and we’ve been trying to do our best to get the word out to the public that this could potentially be a bad day, for the south eastern part of Mississippi it proved to be so,” Smith said.

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