Newton County Tornado Confirmed

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A band of showers and thunderstorms that moved through central and eastern Mississippi generated a severe thunderstorm, which spawned several tornadoes.

The storm started over Louisiana and produced one tornado near Louise that left behind damage in Sharkey and Yazoo counties over west central Mississippi.

Another tornado from that same thunderstorm touched down in Scott County and was on the ground long enough to heavily damage communities in western Newton County.

Following a survey of the storm damage, the twister that hit Scott and Newton counties was rated an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Winds were estimated to have been near 140 mph. One person was injured in Scott County.

The report from the National Weather Service in Jackson says the tornado touched down along Old Jackson Road east of Hillsboro and moved swiftly toward the east-southeast through eastern Scott County and entered Newton County just south of Conehatta before lifting along Braddock Road just north of Lawrence.

The report also says the heaviest damage was over far eastern Scott County. In that area, three metal transmission towers were bent over.

This tornado cut a path 16.25 miles long, and at its widest was about half a mile wide.