|News - Tornadoes|
|Written by Heidi Farrar|
|Tuesday, 12 February 2013 02:18|
Intense supercell thunderstorms raged across southern Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama on February 10, 2013; unfortunately, the town of Hattiesburg, MS, felt the brunt of a long-tracked, violent tornado produced by one of these powerful late winter storms. Scott Peake of the Basehunters storm chase team made a great call in positioning his team in a prime area for tornadic development late in the afternoon, which allowed them to capture this astonishing close-range urban tornado footage (below). Scott also remained in contact with the local National Weather Service office in Jackson to keep them apprised of the behavior and location of the tornado. as it tracked toward and eventually into Hattiesburg. The Weather Service is still assessing the damage from several tornadoes that impacted their region, but late yesterday released an update to their initial survey and have determined that EF-4 damage exists in Hattiesburg. Thankfully--and incredibly--no fatalities are known to have occurred during this event as of this posting, though there have been several dozen reports of injuries. Without the collaborative efforts of storm chasers, NWS personnel, and local media, the situation for residents of Hattiesburg and surrounding communities would surely have been much different once the storms had passed.
Below is Scott's video, which begins with a monstrous multi-vortex tornado several miles outside of Hattiesburg, and follows the progress of the tornado as it enters and carves a path through the city.
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