...NEWTON COUNTY STORM...
INDICATIONS FROM A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM
SHOW THAT THE STORM THAT CAUSED DAMAGE IN THE NEWTON AREA OF
NEWTON COUNTY ON DECEMBER 19, 2002, SHORTLY AFTER 1 PM THURSDAY
AFTERNOON, WAS IN FACT A TORNADO. THE TORNADO WILL BE RATED AN
F2 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.
A tornado developed in Newton County, just southwest of the city
of Newton. It moved 5.5 miles northeast through the city,
resulting in approximately 50 injuries and damage to numerous
buildings. In all, over 150 homes and 95 businesses were either
damaged or destroyed. The most extensive damage occurred near
the city's Wal-Mart, which received heavy roof damage. The
tornado lifted just northeast of the intersection of State
Road 15 and Interstate 20.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON