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110th Anniversary: Purvis tornado April 24, 1908

Flattened buildings after a tornado struck Purvis in 1908. Flattened buildings after a tornado struck Purvis in 1908.
PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

It's been 110 years since the deadly tornado came through the city of Purvis. On Friday, April 24, 1908, a series of storms left a line of destruction through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. 

According to a report from the McCain Library of Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi, shortly before 2:00 p.m. the clouds took a funnel shape and began to move toward the town. Reports vary about the time the storm actually struck the town; some say 2:13 p.m. while others say it happened later in the afternoon.

The powerful storm moved the depot across the railroad tracks and topples railroad cars. A majority of the 125 homes were severely damaged or completely destroyed and the business district was leveled, according to the McCain Library and Archives report.

More than 50 people were killed in this storm, however, the town recovered quickly from the destruction and remained about the same size through the 1950's.

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