Re-tracking the Yazoo City tornado - - Jackson, MS

Re-tracking the Yazoo City tornado

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By Bert Case - bio | email

WARREN AND YAZOO COUNTIES, MS (WLBT) - The April 24th storm crossed the Mississippi River levee and  mowed down a part of the Eagle Lake community, composed mostly of people who maintain second homes here to enjoy on the weekend.

In the build-back process, WLBT discovered that at least one person, Bob Mullins, whose permanent home is Raymond, was having trouble Wednesday putting a new trailer on his Eagle Lake lot.  He had moved the old one just before the storm.

"I went to the permit department in Warren County last week, and they are not issuing the permits.  But now it appears they are looking into what the requirements are gonna be for putting a trailer in, so I am getting concerned about putting another unit on this piece of property," said Mullins.

We worked our way up Highway 3 toward Yazoo City even crossing the Yazoo River at Satartia where we found random damage in the middle of huge fields, some eight miles up from Satartia. 

The storm crossed the highway at a place called Crupp, just south of Yazoo City, where it blew the roof off of 82-year-old Margie Williams' home.  She was not injured.

"You were sitting on the front porch?"  "Uh huh," Williams replied.  "So it took the roof off of your house?"  "Uh huh." 

"But the lord is good to you, you know, (she laughs), took care of you?"  "Uh huh."

You could follow the storm right up the Canadian National Railroad tracks just south of Yazoo City and into the city itself.  This EF-4 storm crossed vast fields in rural Yazoo County, slammed into a structure, sending it into the woods, then moved on.

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