National Weather Service looks back on Collinsville tornado

COLLINSVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) - While the families who were affected by the 2016 Collinsville tornado are remembering the damage one year later, meteorologists with the National Weather Service are also looking back on the event.

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Senior meteorologist Eric Carpenter says they could see the tornado fairly easily on radar because of how powerful it was. Statistics show that tornado traveled at about 125 miles per hour, causing destruction for miles.

"It produced a lot of major tree damage, damage to homes and churches in the area," Carpenter says. "It was definitely a tornado worth remembering. It was a really bad event in that area. That tornado was an EF-2 rated tornado with a 21 mile path length."

There were five tornadoes in the area that day, impacting Lauderdale, Kemper, Newton, Neshoba and Noxubee counties.