The National Weather Service says a tornado with winds as strong as 120 mph cut a 6-mile path in an area of Jefferson Davis County west of Bassfield, Miss. The storm, with a path as wide as 400 yards, destroyed a farm building and damaged homes and other structures. It was rated EF-2 on the Fujita scale.
Near Clayton, La., a tornado left a 2.5-mile damage trail. Weather Service meteorologists say it had peak winds of about 90 mph, rating EF-1. The Concordia Parish twister tore the roof from a mobile home, flipped a truck trailer and damaged roofs.
"It was a pretty low-end F-1 on the weaker end of the scale," Warning Coordination Meteorologist Stephen Wilkinson told The Natchez Democrat.
Southwest of Collins, Miss., a tornado with top winds of 80 mph left a 1-mile damage trail. The Covington County twister, rated EF-0, took the roof off a chicken house.
A tornado also hit Pineland, Texas, Thursday, about 20 miles west of the Louisiana state line. It killed a 74-year-old woman when a tree fell onto her mobile home, damaging as many as 25 houses.
The same weather system caused widespread hail across southern Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana Friday, occasionally accompanied by damaging winds.
It was the second outbreak of rough weather in four days for the region. Monday, the Weather Service counted 17 tornadoes in an outbreak across east Texas and northwest Louisiana. Damage was light and there were no injuries
Wilkinson said the Weather Service uses radar images to help determine the size and speed of a tornado.
"We take the radar and look at the damage and plot it out," he said.