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Adams County tornadoes hit hard but no fatalities
from Staff Reports - NEWS
November 6, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The two tornadoes that hit Adams County last Thursday brought winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, damaged at least 17 structures but caused no fatalities, according to reports from local and federal agencies.

The tornado roaring from the north side of Natchez to the Morgantown area packed maximum winds of 115 mph with a damage path of one mile, according to preliminary assessments by the National Weather Service.

Adams County Emergency Management Director Brad Bradford said 17 structures were damaged in the Morgantown residential area. Many residents were without power for a time.

The second tornado that pummeled south Adams County east of U.S. 61 carried maximum winds of 107 mph that swirled up a one-mile swath north of the Beau Pre Country Club through Cherry Grove Road to Kingston Road.

Both tornadoes touched down nearly simultaneously just after 2 a.m. Nov. 1, according to the NWS. It reports that the Morgantown tornado was the strongest of 12 tornadoes that touched down in the Arkansas-Louisiana-Mississippi region impacted by the Halloween storm system.

The south Adams County tornado swept through mostly woodlands with no structural damage reported by Bradford or the National Weather Service.

Gov. Phil Bryant has not declared Adams County a disaster area, said Knox Graham, the governor’s communications director. He said this is based on the recommendations of emergency management officials. Such a disaster declaration would open the way for state and federal money being allocated to local governments and residents for recovery efforts.

For details and maps of the Adams County tornadoes and their paths, go to the National Weather Service’s website:

Bradford and other county officials Monday praised efforts of county crews and other responders in dealing with the tornadoes’ aftermath.
Adams County has 18 sirens scattered about to warn people of incoming tornadoes. However, Bradford said the most effective warning system is Code Red, an automated system that phones people alerting them of bad weather approaching. To sign up for this, go to Adams County’s website:

The Nov. 1 tornadoes came a year and six months after another that hit Adams County. The April 30, 2017, twister touched down in the Cloverdale community about five miles south of Natchez with 115 mph winds. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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