National Weather Service rates Tuesday’s tornado in George County an EF-1 with damage to multiple homes

GEORGE COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) — The National Weather Service has completed their survey of damage from Tuesday’s tornado in George County. Their report says the tornado was rated an EF-1.

According to the report, the tornado formed just west of the Pascagoula River approximately 4 miles southeast of Benndale. The tornado tore a metal roof from a house and uprooted several large trees. The tornado continued east-southeast for approximately 8 miles.

The tornado increased in intensity just to the east of the Pascagoula River and struck another single family home and removed the roof. Numerous large trees were both snapped and uprooted. Winds had increased to 95 mph in this location and resulted in EF-1 damage.

There was continued damage east to several additional single family homes with additional roof damage and tree damage. Numerous large hardwood trees were uprooted and at the tornadoes strongest point winds approached 100 mph in an area near the intersection of Park Drive and Basin Refuge Road.

The tornado weakened further east and lifted just to the west of Highway 63 along Phillips Road.

Additional straight line wind damage continued east-southeast from Highway 63 south of Lucedale to near the community of Agricola, where several trees were uprooted and there was damage to outbuildings.

Damaging winds were estimated between 70 and 80 mph in these locations. There was no further wind damage surveyed east of the Mississippi and Alabama state line.

  • Rating: EF-1
  • Estimated Peak Wind: 95-100 mph
  • Path Length: 8.15 miles
  • Path Width: 50 yards
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 1
  • Start Time: 9:30 AM CDT
  • Start Location: 4 miles SE of Benndale, Mississippi
  • End Time: 9:42 AM CDT
  • End Location: 6.5 miles S of Lucedale, Mississippi
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