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Old 02-24-2019, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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At least one person has been killed as a result of a storm that hit Columbus Saturday evening.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant identified the victim as Ashley Glynell Pounds, 41, of Tupelo. Pounds was one of four people in a Tuscaloosa Road building that collapsed during the storm. She was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, where she died during surgery, Merchant said.
The storm hit at about 5:15 p.m., destroying multiple buildings and homes, and leaving thousands without power.
The bulk of the damage was in the northeast part of the city, with destruction also on College and Main streets downtown. At least five people were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries, one of which was a broken arm and another a broken leg, according to city officials.

Authorities did not confirm the storm was a tornado by press time but said National Weather Service surveyors would be in Columbus today to determine if one touched down.
Four hours after the storm hit, first responders were still receiving 911 calls from individuals trapped in houses.
"Right now we have a search and rescue team from Columbus as well as Oktibbeha County assisting us, going door to door to make sure there is no one in the houses," said Cindy Lawrence, director of Lowndes County Emergency Management, in a Facebook video update. "We have a shelter set up at Townsend Community Center." Lawrence added there have been reports of gas leaks in the damaged areas.
Both Sim Scott Park Community Center and Hunt Success Academy, located on 20th Street North, suffered severe roof damage, and a roof from a business on Tuscaloosa Road was in a nearby tree.

Storm destruction: One confirmed dead, thousands without power - The Dispatch

The tornado hit my neighborhood on the Northside.
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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North MS is a magnet for those danged things. North AL too.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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I believe the final rating was an EF-3 ... decently strong tornado.

Notiece one thing in the article: "On Main Street, parts of which were also filled with debris, people entered gas stations and came out holding bottled water and other goods." Sounds like they were implying looting rather than purchasing. Doesn't take long for those type to come out of the woodwork during a disaster.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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I believe the final rating was an EF-3 ... decently strong tornado.

Notiece one thing in the article: "On Main Street, parts of which were also filled with debris, people entered gas stations and came out holding bottled water and other goods." Sounds like they were implying looting rather than purchasing. Doesn't take long for those type to come out of the woodwork during a disaster.
It's purchasing and probably donations as well. Main street wasn't hit as bad as Northside.
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