NWS confirms Bolivar County tornado
by Rory Doyle
Oct 19, 2012 | 3420 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed this morning that an EF2 tornado with winds up to 115 mph ripped across Blue Cain Road outside Shelby Wednesday night. Residents are still cleaning up debris from houses, trees, sheds and farming equipment.
The National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed this morning that an EF2 tornado with winds up to 115 mph ripped across Blue Cain Road outside Shelby Wednesday night. Residents are still cleaning up debris from houses, trees, sheds and farming equipment.
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Residents living just outside of Shelby are still cleaning up after a powerful twister ripped across Blue Cain Road on Wednesday night around 9 p.m.

A representative from the National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed this morning that an EF2 tornado with winds up to 115 mph caused the damage to properties along the road.

The length of the track was 1.25 miles with the widest part of the track estimated at 150 yards.

The destruction along Blue Cain Road was evident Thursday morning as crews were on site trying to clear the roads.

One mobile home was completely swept away, a radio tower was snapped, a grain bin was flown into a nearby pond and multiple power poles, trees, sheds and barns were damaged.

Bill Quinton, director of the Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency said they are continuing to assess the scene and trying to help people move forward.

"We had the Red Cross come in to help with a couple families," said Quinton. "To our knowledge no one was injured.

"If somebody knows of damage that we're not knowledgeable about, we'd like to know for reporting purposes."

The NWS confirmed 7 tornados across the state between Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday morning.

The agency said they are sending out additional teams to assess damage.

Severe damage occurring south of Greenville was a result of high winds, not a tornado, said the NWS.

Roof damage to the Greenville-Weston High School campuses has closed Greenville schools until at least Monday.

The biggest storm within the state was a tornado that traveled 16 miles from Scott into Newton counties east of Jackson.

With a half-mile-wide damage path, it was rated EF-3 on the Fujita scale, with peak winds estimated at 140 mph.

Customer Service Manager for the Entergy Delta region, Cheryl Comans said customers around Shelby were the hardest hit Wednesday, but power was restored to the area early Thursday.

Entergy had other scattered outages throughout the Delta, but all customers had power by Thursday afternoon.

At one point Wednesday night, Entergy Mississippi reported more than 11,000 customers without power.