JASPER, Miss. (WDAM) - The National Weather Service survey teams completed surveys of some of the storm damage Thursday night.
The survey teams indicated Thursday night that the tornado that moved through Jasper, Clarke and Lauderdale counties on Wednesday night was an EF-2 with wind speeds of 125 mph. At one point, this storm was lofting debris up 10,000 feet in the air. This tornado was on the ground for 60 miles.
Authorities in Jasper County are reporting damage in several areas from overnight storms.
Sheriff Randy Johnson said Thursday morning that several homes were damaged or destroyed, some roads are still closed and about 1,000 homes and businesses are without power. Johnson said no injuries were reported.
Johnson said the storms caused the most damage around Bay Springs and in the Antioch community. Those who went through the storm say the experience was terrifying.
“Devastated, because I didn’t know how much damage there was," said Tiffany Payne, a Jasper County resident. “I was scared that the house was gone, because when you pull up to the driveway, you couldn’t see. There were so many trees down. My biggest fear was that the house was gone.”
Photos from the Bay Springs Fire Department show trees uprooted and broken in half, power lines down and damage to homes. The photos show some of the worst damage happened on County Road 528.
Johnson said first responders have been working through the night and continue efforts to clear damage from roadways and other areas.
Officials with Jasper County Emergency Management said representatives from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are in the county surveying damage.