Tornado destroys several homes in Tishomingo County, MS
TISHOMINGO COUNTY, Miss. — Weekend storms raked across parts of northeast Mississippi as one tornado destroyed dozens of homes.
“I was pretty scared at the moment. I was praying to God to save us,” resident Ann Newton said.
Several homes are destroyed after an EF1 tornado ripped through the Goat Island community in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, near Pickwick Lake. According to the National Weather Service, this is one of two tornadoes that touched down in the area over the weekend.
Newton says the tornado happened quickly.
“I heard the wind come up very suddenly and very strong, and my husband yelled for us to get in the laundry room and we did with the dog,” Newton said.
The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down around 5 p.m. Saturday.
“We barely got in there in time. I looked out my front window and I saw how bad these other houses were. I called 911 and I was the first one to call,” Newton said.
Newton says she was not only worried about her family’s safety. She was also worried about her neighbors.
“I ran across the street to see if my neighbors had made it, and unbelievably nobody was hurt, nobody injured and of course nobody killed,” Newton said.
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was on the ground about three minutes with winds up to 90 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service said several homes and metal buildings had roof damage, and many homes and recreational vehicles were damaged by falling trees.