Skip to comments.Significant storm damage in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Posted on 02/10/2013 5:27:39 PM PST by rdl6989
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - An apparent tornado passed through the heart of Hattiesburg on Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that caused injuries and significant damage.
Forrest County Fire Coordinator Chip Brown said there is major damage in Hattiesburg and to the northeast in Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. He couldn't confirm injuries.
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I’ll take 2 feet of snow over a tornado any day
I think this is the entrance to campus off Hardy Street.
Prayers up for all in the path of this weather pattern.
The American Red Cross center in Hattiesburg, Miss. was completely destroyed by a tornado that moved through the Pine Belt Area on Sunday afternoon. Photo/Bryant Hawkins
me too. 2 feest of snow is just annoying at best.
Wow the Baraqqi Crescent pattern....
A tornado warning remains in effect until 800 pm cst for west
Central clarke...EAST Central wayne...NORTHERN Washington and
Southern choctaw counties...
At 714 pm cst...A Tornado has been confirmed and was located 6 miles
Southeast of waynesboro...OR 6 miles northwest of buckatunna...MOVING
East at 40 mph. This tornado has caused damage just south of clara.
Take cover immediately.
Locations impacted include...
Silas... Coffeeville... Millry...
Amen to that. I cannot imagine what they are going through right now.
Did Chad Myers of CNN blame the tornado on the “lack of ice” in the Arctic? Seriously, my prayers are up for everyone affected by the storm. I know you can’t judge a tornado’s winds by the funnel shape, but I wouldn’t be surprised by see that one rated as an EF-3.
Word is none of the dorms on campus were hit, just academic buildings.
Wow! Look at that classic low pressure rotation in the upper midwest. Textbook.
Down here on the Coast, we’ve been watching the radar all day and cringing with all the tornado box warnings.
God help those in the path of those storms.
High winds expected tonight and tomorrow here in southern Michigan. Nothing but rain right now.
Ditto...the snow in the northeast will melt. A tornado can destroy your entire neighborhood in a minute...
Up in north Texas, part of that same front moved through late last night. Short duration but very intense.
Later I noticed an "EAS" message code on my cable box, but I couldn't view the on-screen message. The stupid Emergency Alert System broadcast locked up the tuning box so hard that it was showing an Operating System error code on the TV. It took a hard reset to clear it.
I hope the alerts worked better in the H'Burg area.
Oh my Lord..prayers for the folks in the area of these storms.
As much as those EAS systems are “tested,” we would think they would function when needed!
Buckatunna has a population of only 20 or so, and I know someone who lives there.
Thanks for the heads-up.
Glad to do it.
Amazing video...came right up onto damaged area right after tornado passed through...
It’s a red state in the Bible Belt. Don’t worry about it.
Sure is amazing. What’s great about it is that the one shooting managed to hold the camera steady throughout. Usually, these vids are shaking all over the place but not this one. Fantastic job to whoever did it.
Other than seeing Jesus Christ come back, this is one thing that would strike awe in me. The sheer unadulterated power in one of those beasts IS awe inspiring. Prayers for those touched by this beast.
WOW! USM is my Alma Mater and it looks like it got trashed.
Stay warm, stay safe.
Thanks for posting this. I don’t even know what to say.
Good thing it’s a holiday weekend for the students and most of them weren’t around. I wonder about the rest of town though.
Yeah I got an “Emergency Update” message from the Alumni association earlier and did not pay attention to it till now:
As many of you know, the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss was hit by a tornado this afternoon. Most of the damage was along the southern border of the campus aligned by Hardy Street. The severity of the damage is still being assessed, although it is known that the Ogletree Alumni House was heavily damaged. No injuries have been reported at this time, however emergency personnel request that all visitors stay clear of the campus until further notice. The Alumni Association will provide another update on Monday.
There was significant damage to several buildings on the campus of the Univ. of Southern Miss., including the Alumni House, which was only recently remodeled. The storm went right across the Southeast corner of the campus. Our son had finished up his 'on campus' studies at USM, just before Christmas, and is now home. I'd have been crazy with worry if he'd been there!
Yes, that bottom picture is the entrance to campus. The Alumni House is to the right, out of the frame. That was the building that seemed to have incurred the most damage. The first picture is of Elam Arms, an old set of dorm buildings, which has been empty for a few years, and I think was slated to be demolished this year. All the windows in both buildings were blown out by the storm.
Actually, that video was done by John Sibley, a stormchaser who had been following that storm all the way from Marion County, two counties to the West of H'burg! It had gone in almost a straight line, just South of Hwy 98, and started moving North and east after it crossed I-59. That's when you see it start moving toward Hardy St. (which is the street on which he's driving), and as it crosses the street, THAT is the moment it hits the USM campus. The winds on the edge of it damaged the Fine Arts Building, which is right across the street from Elam Arms, which is the two building complex on the right with all the windows blown out. That complex is an old dorm for USM, and it has been vacant for several years. This is what you see when he pulls to a stop where the light pole is across the road.
Ironic that the Red Cross center was destroyed!
That’s the Alumni House, which had been remodeled within the past two years.
Glad you were able to connect with your family and while it’s not GOOD news, it’s nowhere near as bad as it might have been or a bad as you might have worried about its being if you hadn’t talked to them. Property can be fixed. People can’t be replaced.
Just got an email from friends who live a few miles south of Hattiesburg. They said there were 3 tornadoes in the area—they were lucky and did not have any damage.
I know. but people that didn’t realize what it looked like before it was destroyed may not have appreciated the scope of the destruction.
The pictures and videos look just horrible, so it’s a blessing that there are relatively few injuries, and no deaths reported.
Folks in the Hattiesburg area are in my prayers tonight.
Thanks for the ping and post!
I was going to call you tomorrow to check on Mr. penelopesire’s family. Lots of devastation, but Praise God, no deaths reported. We just had intermittent, severe t-storms, that caused lights to flicker and TV reception to go haywire.
I had no idea ...one of my best pals ever from my youth lives there
did the whole Prep, Riverside Park early 70s, Matthews Brake, Ole Miss roomie, mountains out west traveling thing together
he’s a lib lawyer and we have obviously drifted apart...hope they are ok..wife and kids and an adopted grandkid too