Hattiesburg Tornado Classified as an EF-4!! | Weather
The national weather service out of central MS has classified the tornado that hit Hattiesburg hard the other night has been classified as a powerful EF-4 that was on the ground for 20 miles!!!
Here is the data from the NWS:
The most intense damage occurred around the Oak Grove High School and to a housing area just southwest of that location. Here a well built brick home was leveled with other surrounding data supporting the low end EF-4 rating. Additionally, multiple other locations along the path through West Hattiesburg and across the city were rated in the EF-3 range. More specifics will be provided later this evening as teams complete the surveys.
At this time, no fatalities have been reported. With respect to injuries, 82 people were taken to area hospitals - 63 in Forrest County and 19 in lamar county. There are likely many more minor injuries that have not been accounted for at this time.
This is only the second violent tornado to impact Lamar County or Forrest County. The other tornado was the Purvis tornado on April 24, 1908, which was on the ground for 155 miles and impacted many parishes and counties across Louisiana and Mississippi.
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