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NWS confirms tornado hit Lamar County

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

The National Weather Service sent a team to survey storm damage in Marion, Lamar and Forrest counties Wednesday morning after a strong storm system swept through the Pine Belt. 

The NWS in Jackson confirmed an EF-2 tornado tore through Lamar County. 

The storm touched down in Baxterville, and had a path width of 115 yards.

MOBILE USERS: Click here for storm damage photos.

The storms took the life of one Lamar County man after the tornado destroyed his double wide mobile home. That man was identified as Harris Dale Purvis, 73. 

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. The NWS confirms that debris was thrown 125 yards from the location.

Two were confirmed dead in Louisiana, and at least 30 were injured when the storms destroyed a trailer park in Convent, LA. 

The system caused damage from Louisiana to Florida.

Damage was reported along Doc Johnson, McRaney and Beach Roads, with the most damage along Sones Road, just outside Purvis.This damage included hardwood and softwood trees that were uprooted, a chicken house roof was blown off in addition to two other buildings being destroyed. 

No other injuries were reported in the county.

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