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Possible tornado causes damage Tuesday in Simpson County

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - November ranks as the third most active month for tornadoes in Mississippi.

This month has a history of violent and deadly tornadoes.

National Weather Service officials will determine if a possible twister hit without warning Tuesday in rural Simpson County.

Witnesses say the sky turned black and howling winds were accompanied a violent rainstorm.

That's when something happened and debris began flying.

The hardest hit area was Warren Cook Road off Cole Road.

That's where homeowners began picking up the pieces.

An elderly woman was quickly escorted from the scene suffering from a shortness of breath.

She was in her trailer when the storm hit.

Right across the street her families vacant chicken houses were ripped apart by winds.

Houses were damaged as well and the roof of a mobile home was ripped off.

Metal pieces and other debris littered Warren Cook Road and tree limbs.

Most everyone in this rural community near Martinville was stunned by the sudden impact.

"It sounded liked a train coming and after that debris starting flying by windows and limbs, everything coming from everywhere," Joseph Powell said.

"Good bit (damage), had a good bit of decking and shingles ripped off and siding. No one hurt thank goodness," Scott Craft said.

Many residents described hearing a roaring noise then saw swirling debris.

The National Weather Service has not confirmed a tornado hit the Martinville area.

Residents say they have a lot to be thankful for and are counting their blessings that no one was injured.

The damage happened about the same time the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Jasper and Smith Counties.

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