ESCATAWPA, Miss. (WALA) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado hit Jackson County, Mississippi early Sunday morning.
The tornado touched down around 2:40 a.m. in Escatawpa. Trees and power lines were downed and more than a dozen homes in the area suffered damage.
Along Prescott Drive in Escatawpa the clean up already underway.
“We got the red alert on my phone, I want to say probably about 2:45, something like that,” said Cindy Willis. “2:50 everything just started coming apart, it seemed like it was an awful boom.”
Jackson County officials said more than a dozen homes were damaged in the area.
“I grabbed a pillow and blanket and got in the bathtub and closed the door and just began to pray for protection,” Willis said.
Hours after the storm system moved through, amid the damage, an American flag was left waving in the wind.
Power crews working to turn the lights back on found a smoking power pole complicating the cleanup.
“Tornadoes are nothing to mess with,” said Raymond Crocco.
In the neighborhood, metal could be seen wrapped around trees.
“When I did get out of the bathroom, I saw all the smoky looking air,” Willis said. “I come to find out that was the insulation.”
Teams surveying the damage rated the tornado as an EF-1 with winds over 100 mph. The National Weather Service said the tornado was on the ground for about a mile.
No injuries were reported.
Our Jackson County survey team is still investigating, but has reported back with a preliminary #tornado rating of EF-1 with maximum winds of 100-110mph. The preliminary path length is 0.8 miles. #mswx— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) April 14, 2019