Preliminary damage assessments conducted in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Saturday showed the tornado packed winds, at times, between 136 and 165 mph, making it an EF3 — which can cause severe damage, the National Weather Service said.
William Carey University’s administration building (erected in 1914), had much of its roof detached, while the chairman of the Department of History, Myron Noonkester, was in his third-floor office.
This statue of Jesus in Hattiesburg was untouched by Saturday morning's deadly tornado pic.twitter.com/fe8oXAvCSA
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) January 22, 2017
DAMAGE ALERT: Road blocked in Petal next to Chevron on Main St Petal by Bowling Alley. Building blown in the middle of the road.#mswx pic.twitter.com/y40HqjUVBL
— Terrica Washington (@WDAMassignments) January 21, 2017
Sun coming up over down town Hattiesburg. Structures are destroyed. #mswx pic.twitter.com/nk60OcHIiZ
— Ryan Moore (@RyanMooreMS) January 21, 2017
WCU's King: 'We have a lot to sort out' https://t.co/bWTewSibIH
— Hattiesburg American (@hburgamerican) January 21, 2017
NWS FORECAST 4:03 AM
Today Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north in the evening.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 52. South wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 57. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35. North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 57. North wind around 5 mph.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 56.
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