Hattisburg, Mississippi Tornado is an EF4

February 10th, 2013 at 11:24 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

   A large, wedge tornado cut a path thru at least 3 counties in southern Mississippi Sunday.  Today the tornado was upgraded to an EF4 with winds of 170 mph.  Tornadoes and severe storms injured over 60 people in Mississippi, damaged hundreds of homes and knocked out power to over 13,000 customers.  While 15 tornadoes were reported to the Storm Prediction Center as of 11 PM Sunday evening, some of these may be multiple sightings of the same tornado.  The hardest hit city was Hattisburg, where the tornado hit the Univ. of S. Mississippi campus.  The town of Pickford was also slammed hard  by the twister.  The storm heavily damaged the Oak Grove School complex.  Thunderstorms also produced winds as high as 85 mph, baseball-sized hail, flash flooding and up to 4.5″ of rain.  There’s good video of the tornado on YouTube here.  Two National Weather Service Damage Survey Teams will be out in the morning to assess the destruction.  Picture from Rynal Grant and WDAM.

18 Responses to “Hattisburg, Mississippi Tornado is an EF4”

  1. Jack says:

    WOOOWWW… Awesome VIDEOS… PRAYERS to ALL who are INJURED ,and Have lost Their Homes, ECT. Amazing there were NO FATALITIES…!!!!

    1. Scott (west olive) says:

      What no Blown Away link? LOL. Jk. :)

      1. Jack says:

        Nope…I thought it would be in Bad Taste !! However This Old Song Came to Mind, CUE:The Tornados – Telstar – YouTube

        ► 3:03► 3:03

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          One of the first songs that I remember listening to on popular radio. Did anyone else sneak their transistor radio under their pillow at night?

        2. Jack says:

          Had it on 45 rpm ,Record BILL ! Played it on my OLD RECORD PLAYER , with THE NICKEL Taped to The TONE ARM !!! Lol…. Keep up the Great Work…. At TV 8 !! And THANK- YOU !!!! For This BLOG!!!!! And GOD BLESS YA, Brother !!!

  2. Skot says:

    Lets hope FEMA is away on a Rush Job.

  3. INDY says:


    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      And that has exactly what to do with the tornado? Show some empathy for the people down there.

      1. INDY says:

        Need some candy berry?? INDYY///

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Will that do anything for them?

  4. Zachary Lassiter says:

    There is a pretty decent photo gallery and more videos at


  5. Skot says:

    Off topic, but if you go to http://spaceweather.com/ why is it almost ALL the photos of the Northern Lights are from Norway and Finland?? Why is that place so special for them???

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      I’ve noticed that as well, good question. It would be awesome though to be there to see them like that. I’ve been hoping the past year we would be getting some good shows down here, but other than last March, we’ve had pretty much nothing as we approach solar max. Even more of a bummer is the next solar cycle is predicted to be even less, or maybe even non-existant.

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      My guess would be that it’s probably the largest population center at the highest latitude.

  6. Zachary Lassiter says:

    So the storm chaser that’s video is being run by news crews was running lights and sirens illegally yesterday


  7. Nathan says:

    Bill, is all of this slush on the roads, sidewalks, and driveways supposed to freeze?? (And I heard my tree crackling in the wind)

  8. Jack says:

    Good TUESDAY Morning, SIGHS… Sitting Here Listening 2… Robin Trower…BRIDGE OF SIGHS ::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g9Hs3rnd6s. ;-)

    1. Irish coffee says:

      Happy FAT Tue.!! jumpin’ Jack-FLASH!! Bought 8 Paczki’s this am @ Golden Brown bakery in So Haven.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm-GREAT!

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