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Adams County tornado packed 115 mph winds
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May 2, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Sunday’s tornado hit Adams County with 115 mph winds, county Emergency Management Director Brad Bradford said Monday after a National Weather Service team assessed the Cloverdale area that felt the brunt of the storm.

While trees were downed and several homes smashed, no injuries were reported.

“I don’t see how nobody got hurt,” said Adams County Supervisor Mike Lazarus.

“It could have been worse,” said Bradford, who briefed the county Board of Supervisors Monday about the storm that ripped through the Natchez area early Sunday morning and dumped about three inches of rain.

He said the tornado touched down in the Cloverdale community about five miles south of Natchez and was rated as an EF-2 storm by the National Weather Service. The Enhanced Fujita Scale ranges from 0 to 5. An EF-2 tornado has winds 111 mph to 135 mph.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday for Adams County and 19 other counties.

“The state of emergency I signed (Monday) will make available resources to aid those in need,” the governor said.

Lazarus, who’s president of the Adams County board, stressed the need to seek state and federal disaster-relief funds to help the county pay the costs of recovery and storm-debris removal.

It’s uncertain if a federal disaster will be declared for the Mississippi counties.

Lazarus said it’s important for county officials to provide state and federal agencies all the information they need to expedite assistance.
“We need to be proactive and get everything sent up,” said Lazarus, noting he doesn’t want storm debris to remain scattered about uncollected for too long as the county awaits word on state and federal reimbursements for recovery costs.

Bradford said “hats off” to county employees and agencies that effectively responded to the storm and initiated the clean-up efforts. “Everybody came together to work on it,” he said.

More information about Sunday’s storm in Adams County is available on the National Weather Service’s website: http://www.weather.gov/jan/20170430severe

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The Adams County Board of Supervisors is looking for another landfill to replace the Foster Mound waste dump that’s full and will be closed.

Board President Mike Lazarus tasked county staffers to look for a new site for disposing yard debris. The rubbish from Sunday’s storm will max out the Foster Mound Road dump’s capacity and force its closure, he said.

Without a new disposal site, Adams County residents will be forced to drive farther to Jefferson County, where another landfill is located and contracted to take all garbage from Adams County. However, Lazarus said he worries residents will indiscriminately dump trash and forgo traveling the 19 miles to Riverbend Environmental Services’ dump on U.S. 61. “We need to find another site,” he said.




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