NWS: Tornado That Hit Hattiesburg, Upgraded to EF4

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Posted on Valleywx.com:

The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi just released some preliminary results based on analysis of the damage from yesterdays storms. Here is their statement:

“Prelim survey results…EF3 with winds of 145 mph across West Hattiesburg and the Oak Grove area…EF3 across parts of the city of Hattiesburg with winds up to 140 mph. This only a small section of the surveyed track…we will provide updates as new information is provided.”

The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi sent out two survey teams this morning to assess the damage in Hattiesburg (Forrest County), as well as farther southwest through Lamar and Marion counties to determine tornado strength and whether or not it was a long track tornado that stayed on the ground across all three counties.  As stated above, they have determined the tornado strength that struck Hattiesburg, but still have yet to determine if there was a continuous tornado path through all three counties and the tornado strength in those areas.  We will keep you posted on the latest updates as they become available.

The University of Southern Mississippi campus. USM remains in a state of emergency and according to their website there has been damage to the Jazz Station, Mannoni Performing Arts Center, Ogletree Alumni House and Elam Arms.