BATON ROUGE, La. -- The National Weather Service has determined that two tornadoes touched down on Christmas.
Survey crews investigated three sites. Two areas were determined to be the result of tornadoes and one was determined to be straight-line wind damage, according to the NWS.
An EF-3 tornado, with peak winds of 140 mph, touched 2.75 miles southwest of McNiell, Miss. and travelled 24 miles, ending 12 miles east of Poplarville, according to NWS.
Around 3:10 p.m., the tornado initially touched down on Harris Road on the southwest side of McNeill, where it snapped several pine trees, according to the NWS. The tornado moved northeastward and rapidly intensified, resulting in a small area of strong EF-2 and weak EF-3 damage along Joe Smith road and Sones Chapel Road. The worst damage occurred when a single-story brick veneer triplex dwelling was destroyed with only two small interior walls left standing.
The tornado weakened after crossing Highway 11, causing mainly tree and minor roof damage until it re-intensified in the far northeast corner of Pearl River County near Red Hill Church Road. The tornado caused strong EF-1 damage as it was leaving Pearl River County.
County officials preliminary estimate of 22 homes were destroyed and eight homes had major damage. Sixteen homes had minor damage and an additional nine homes were damaged. Eight people were taken by EMS to area hospitals.
Around 2:30 p.m., another tornado touched down in Wilkinson and Amite counties, according to the NWS. The EF-1 tornado had peak winds of 105 mph and travelled three miles, injuring one person.
The tornado touched down one mile south of Centreville, Miss.