Nearly two weeks after five tornadoes including a powerful EF-4 tornado tore across South Mississippi, the National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed more tornadoes hit parts of the region from storms on Thursday.
NWS survey teams reported Friday that major damage found in Jefferson Davis and Covington counties was from EF-2 and EF-0 tornadoes.
The EF-2 tornado with 120 mph winds in Jefferson Davis County touched down with a strongly rotating storm around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the NWS. This tornado went on to track 6.3 miles from around seven miles southwest of Bassfield to two miles west of Bassfield before dissipating.
Along this tornado's 400-yard-wide path, two well-built brick frame homes were heavily damaged and a farm and outbuilding building were destroyed. Several other homes suffered minor to moderate damage with dozens of trees snapped and uprooted.
The EF-0 tornado with 80 mph winds in Covington County touched down just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday. This weak tornado only tracked one mile from five miles southwest of Collins to 4.2 miles south southwest of Collins.
Along this tornado's 75-yard-wide path, the skirting was blown out from under a mobile home with portions of the roof of a chicken house peeled back. Several trees were also snapped.
These tornadoes are the 10th and 11th to hit parts of the state so far this year in what has been an increasingly active early start to the severe weather season.
And more severe storms including tornadoes are possible late Sunday night into Monday as the next storm system approaches.
Everyone should stay updated on the latest weather information as this active and fairly wet weather pattern continues.