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Friday night storms produce 5 tornadoes in Mississippi

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A storm system that was forecast to bring widespread heavy rain to Mississippi Friday night into Saturday, unexpectedly produced a rash of damaging tornadoes across parts of several counties.

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According to the National Weather Service (NWS), five tornadoes caused damage across parts of four counties including Adams, Rankin, Smith and Simpson between 9:57 p.m. Friday and 3:35 a.m. Saturday.

NWS damage surveys revealed two of the tornadoes hit Adams County alone. Two homes sustained major roof damage near Kingston as a confirmed EF-2 tornado with winds estimated at 115 mph tracked one mile through the area. A second path of tornado damage less than a half-mile long was found near Cranfield, where a couple dozen trees were snapped and uprooted. This tornado was rated an EF-1 with estimated sustained winds up to 100 mph.

In Rankin County, an EF-1 tornado with estimated winds up 100 mph completely destroyed a chicken house and heavily damaged another as it tracked a half-mile along Gaddis Myers Road, several miles west of Polkville.

A chicken house was also damaged in Smith County near Pineville along with a hay barn and a mobile home as an confirmed EF-1 tornado with estimated winds up to 95 mph tracked three-quarters of a mile along the intersection of county roads 504 and 504-C.

In the longest-tracked of the tornadoes, a weak EF-0 tornado with estimated winds of 75 mph was found to have caused damage along a 2.3-mile-path from four miles south of White Oak to two miles south-southeast of the town. Along the path, several large trees were snapped as the tornado moved through a rural wooded area.

Luckily, no one was reported injured in the tornadoes with all but one touching down without any warning from the NWS.

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