Two tornadoes touch down in Adams County
Published 12:05 am Sunday, September 22, 2013
NATCHEZ — The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Adams County Friday night, one of which hit Sen. Melanie Sojourner’s house.
National Weather Service survey teams found that an EF-2 tornado with maximum winds at 115 mph struck in the Kingston area. The NWS rates storms from 1 to 5, with 5 as the most intense, on the Enhanced Fujita scale.
Adams County Emergency Management Director Stan Owens said a preliminary survey by the NWS shows the tornado hit near the intersection of Upper Kingston and Kingston roads at approximately 11:30 p.m.
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The tornado, Owens said, traveled approximately 1 mile.
Two houses were damaged on Kingston Road, according to NWS, one of which was Sojourner’s house, which sustained major damage.
Sojourner’s daughter, Kaelin Daye, said no one was at home at the time the tornado struck.
Sojourner’s neighbor Lillie DeShields said she awoke during the storm to hear it thundering and raining heavily.
“I never heard the tornado sirens, but it was thundering and lighting, and the rain was coming down sideways,” she said. “It was really horrific out here.”
DeShields said her house was not damaged by the tornado.
DeShields came to Sojourner’s house Saturday as she was riding Kingston Road checking on animals in the area after the storm.
“The roof is stripped back, the tops of the trees are gone, and the tin roof that peeled back off the house was wrapped around trees,” DeShields said.
“It was just pretty much massive damage.”
Kingston residents came out to Sojourner’s house Saturday, DeShields said, to gather up the senator’s possessions so they would not be further damaged.
“The Kingston community is a good community,” she said. “They came together and helped out a neighbor. When you need help, you can expect to get it from your neighbors, even if they don’t see you every day. They came together and took care of things. That’s just the kind of community it is.”
NWS reports that both houses lost good portions of their roofs, and other housing materials were found in fields near the houses.
DeShields said she does not believe anyone lives in the second house that was damaged.
A EF-1 tornado touched down near U.S. 84 and Ratcliffe Farm Road near the Cranfield area, according to the NWS.
A preliminary NWS report states that a couple dozen trees were snapped and uprooted, with several down across a railroad track.