Weather service confirms Sat. tornado in Panola County

By The Associated Press

POPE — The National Weather Service confirms that wind damage near Pope Saturday night came from a brief tornado.

The twister touched down for about two minutes near the Panola County town starting about 9:55 p.m. and had peak winds estimated at 112 mph.

The weather service says the tornado stayed on the ground for about a half mile and had a path 75 yards wide. Two houses and two sheds had roof damage, while a shop was destroyed. A recreational vehicle and a flatbed truck were overturned.

Hail was reported across the northernmost parts of Mississippi Saturday night. Some isolated tree damage was reported in addition to the Pope tornado.