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Survey confirms tornado touched down in Pearl River County

NWS reported that the tornado reached EF-1 strength NWS reported that the tornado reached EF-1 strength

A tornado is to blame for storm damage in Pearl River County on Halloween, according to the National Weather Service office in Slidell.

During a Monday survey, the NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado, with peak winds estimated at 100 mph, touched down about ten miles to the south-southeast of Poplarville, MS in Pearl River County.

The tornado was around 75-yards wide and traveled a path that was about a half-mile long, stated the NWS report.

Fortunately, no injuries or fatalities were reported with this tornado. The Pearl River County twister's life was very brief: the report clocked its duration in at a total of about one minute.

The tornado touched down just west of MS Hwy 53 and south of McNeil-McHenry Road in Pearl River County. Near where the tornado touched down, an outbuilding was destroyed and tree limbs were downed. 

As the tornado tracked east-northeast, more tree limbs were downed and a few wooden power poles and trees were snapped. Shortly after traveling east of Hwy 53, a mobile home and outbuilding were damaged. Additional tree damage continued farther east-northeast before the tornado lifted.

NWS surveyors also noted thunderstorm wind damage west of McNeil, MS and near Sun, LA. This damage mostly consisted of isolated tree limbs down. 

Two other nearby storms spawned weaker tornadoes in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes that same afternoon. No injuries were reported with those twisters.

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