Friday, 12 April 2013

NWS survey teams dispatched to Kemper and Noxubee counties after deadly tornado

NWS survey teams dispatched to Kemper and Noxubee counties after deadly tornado, The National Weather Service (NWS) has dispatched damage survey teams to Kemper and Noxubee counties in east-central Mississippi after Thursday's strong and deadly tornado.

The survey teams will be assessing the damage throughout the day on Friday to confirm whether it was one single tornado or multiple tornadoes that caused the major damage across the two counties. They will also confirm the strength of the tornado and the track.

According to preliminary reports from the NWS, a single, large and violent tornado tracked from just northwest of Liberty to just east of Bluff Springs in Kemper County to just west of Shuqualak to south of Macon, before moving into Alabama's Pickens County between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed one person was killed and five others were injured as the tornado moved across Kemper County.

The person killed was at a business called Contract Fabricators Inc. that was heavily damaged in the tornado, according to Kemper Emergency Management Director Ben Dudley.

Dudley said at least 15 homes were also damaged or destroyed,

Noxubee County Emergency Management Agency Director Bobby Mann said a few people in his county had minor injuries like cuts and bruises as the tornado tracked on the ground across the county. Heavy damage was called in to the Noxubee County 911 near Shuqualak.

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