Lee and Itawamba County Tornado May 6 2003

 

 
PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEYS INDICATE THAT A SHORT...NARROW TRACKED 
TORNADO OCCURRED ALONG THE LEE AND ITAWAMBA COUNTY LINE IN THE
SHILOH COMMUNITY LOCATED NEAR MANTACHIE. THE TORNADO WAS 200 YARDS
WIDE AND 1 MILE LONG. INITIAL DAMAGE ESTIMATES RATED THIS TORNADO AS
AN F-2 ON THE FUJITA TORNADO INTENSITY SCALE. THE TORNADO OCCURRED
JUST BEFORE 11 PM CDT ON TUESDAY MAY 6TH 2003. THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN
ABOUT A QUARTER MILE WEST OF THE LEE/ITAWAMBA COUNTY LINE, AND CONTINUED ON THE GROUND
FOR A MILE EASTWARD INTO ITAWAMBA COUNTY. RESIDENTS OF A SMALL MOBILE HOME PARK
NEAR THE SHILOH COMMUNITY, ALONG THE LEE/ITAWAMBA COUNTY LINE NORTHWEST OF MANTACHIE
WERE FORTUNATE TO ESCAPE INJURY WHEN A STRONG TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH THEIR COMMUNITY.
THEY AVOIDED INJURY WHEN ONE OF THE RESIDENTS HEARD THE TORNADO WARNING AND ALERTED
HIS NEIGHBORS. ONCE ALERTED, THEY ALL SWIFTLY CROWDED INTO A NEARBY STORM SHELTER.
THEIR TRAILER HOMES WERE DEMOLISHED, BUT NO ONE WAS INJURED BY THE STORM. ONE RESIDENT CUT HIS
LEG IN THE DEBRIS AND HAD TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.

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