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National Weather Service investigation finds 3 tornadoes touched down in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY Miss. (WLOX) – A service conducted by the National Weather Service reveals that three EF-1 tornadoes made landfall across Jackson County on Saturday afternoon.

According to the investigation, the first tornado touched down in Moss Point near Grieson Street and Highway 63 at 3:20 p.m. It then moved across Highway 63 and Marvin Avenue, moving north- east and north over the Escatawpa River Swamp and crossing Elder Ferry Road, where broken tree trunks could be found. The tornado then crossed I-10, damaging a road sign and causing an 18-wheeler to roll over on westbound I-10 near Highway 63. It then lifted shortly after at 3:27 p.m.

In Vancleave, a second tornado touched down at 3:28 p.m. and broke numerous small branches in trees near the intersection of River Place Drive and River Walk Drive. It then moved northwest, snapping two oak trees as it crossed River Bluffs Drive. The most concentrated area of ​​damage was observed near the east end of Polly Lake Road, where several pine trees were snapped. Damage was also done to a house near the end of the road; small structures outside the house were thrown down. The tornado then crossed Wade-Vancleave Road before rotating north and lifting as it approached the intersection of Old River Road and Moungers Road at 3:32 p.m.

The latest tornado touched down at 5:27 p.m. at the Lum Cumbest Park football pitches in Big Point, where it bent freestanding metal streetlights. He headed north into the community of Park Ridge Estates, where he snapped branches and snapped several trees. It progressed north across an open field before lifting just a minute later at 5:28 p.m.

Surveys at Gautier Middle School and Neco’s in Pass Christian were considered straight-line wind damage because there were insufficient indicators to confirm a tornado.

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