Tornadoes hit Yazoo Co. for second time this year - - Jackson, MS

Tornadoes hit Yazoo Co. for second time this year

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By Bert Case - bio | email

YAZOO CITY, Miss. (WLBT) - One of the two tornadoes that hit Yazoo County Monday night, scored a direct hit on the home of Jackson lobbyist Hayes Dent.

Ironically, the same house was hit by the April 24th tornado on Eagle Bend Road, eight miles, southwest of Yazoo City.

A house that suffered about $40,000 damage from the April 24th tornado and at least twice as much from Monday's storm.

It is 160 years old and it's owner, Jackson Lobbyist Hayes Dent, says it will be restored again.

"This house was built in 1848, and has withstood a couple of tornadoes in the past, and so we will definitely be here.," Dent said.

Gov. Haley Barbour was in his home town of Yazoo City assessing the damage.

"Well, they say lightning doesn't strike the same place twice, but unfortunately that doesn't apply to tornadoes. The storm was not nearly as bad as in April. And, wasn't as bad as it looked last night. You can tell when it is dark things often look worse than they are," Gov. Barbour said.

Robert Jackson and his employee Jo Ann Jones were in the flying Eagle Night Club at Hamilton and Water Streets in downtown Yazoo City when the storm hit and destroyed the business.

"It sound like a train, I thought it was a train, but it wasn't a train. Everything just collapsed and came down on me. If it wasn't for the door them bricks would have fell on me,"  Jackson said.

The National Weather Service said there were two storms that hit Yazoo County, both EF 2 tornadoes on the Enhanced-Fajita scale, with about 120 mile per hour winds.

One hit out in the county, the other hit downtown.

That compares with an EF-4 that hit last April 24th.

Gov. Barbour says the Yazoo damage is not serious enough to ask for a federal disaster declaration.

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