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National Weather Service says EF-1 tornado touched down in Northeast Mississippi Tuesday

Damage in Monroe County, MS from March 22, 2022 storms
Damage in Monroe County, MS from March 22, 2022 storms(NWS Memphis)
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 8:50 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2022 at 10:09 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - UPDATE: The National Weather Service has determined the damage in Monroe County, Mississippi is consistent with that of an EF-1 tornado.

The NWS says the twister had winds up to 99 mph and was on the ground for 6-miles.

They say the most significant damage occurred south of Strong Road on Lakeview Drive where several trees were snapped along with a broken power pole.

Additional trees were snapped along with some large trees down on Strong road west of the intersection of Strong road and Darracott Road.

Monroe County MS Tornado Track (March 22, 2022)
Monroe County MS Tornado Track (March 22, 2022)(WMC)

The tornado then moved northeast and weakened producing additional tree damage on Darracott Road and also on Richardson Lake Road.

The tornado dissipated near Kerr McGee Road.

No injuries have been reported.

PREVIOUS: The National Weather Service (NWS) in Memphis is surveying storm damage in Northeast Mississippi after storms moved through the area Tuesday.

They are surveying damage in Monroe County, just south of Tupelo.

While Monroe County is outside of the Action News 5 viewing area, many areas across the Southeast were impacted by storms this week.

Report storm damage to the NWS here!

The NWS is asking residents for their patience as many NWS offices are working diligently to assess damages.

A survey team’s mission is to gather data in order to reconstruct a tornado’s life cycle, including where it occurred, when and where it initially touched down and lifted (path length), its width, and its magnitude (wind speeds)

It should also be mentioned that survey teams are occasionally tasked with determining whether damage may have been caused by straight line winds or a tornado.

With respect to tornado damage surveys, one of the most difficult tasks is assigning a rating to a tornado.

Stay tuned for updates as the NWS will release results of the damage in the coming days.

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