From press and staff reports
Many in Winston County got little sleep Tuesday, Nov. 17 as a storm moved into Winston County that night. Many where reminded of the April 14 tornado.
The storms that moved across the county Nov. 17 where much less powerful but still classified as tornadoes and caused damages and at least one injury.
The National Weather Service confirmed that at least 11 tornadoes hit the state of Mississippi Tuesday, Nov. 17.
EF1: Winston County, near Louisville; 104 mph winds
EF1: Winston County, near Louisville; 105 mph winds
EF1: Four corners region of Leake, Neshoba, Winston and Attala counties; 100 mph winds
EF1: Leake County, near Carthage; 105 mph winds
EF1: Leake County, near Carthage; 107 mph winds
EF1: Leake County, near Renfroe; 95 mph winds
EF1: Near Morton; 109 mph winds
EF1: Scott County, near Forkville; 90 mph winds
EF1: Scott County, near Forkville; 100 mph winds
EF1: Hinds County, near Edwards; 100 mph winds
EF0: Leake County, near Tuscola; 75 mph winds
Power lines were brought down in Leake County, and a home suffered major damage to its tin roof near Highway 25. Two tornado reports were also relayed to the NWS from Winston County, where major tree damage was observed. NWS crews were in Winston and Lowndes counties Nov. 19 to survey damage and confirm the tornadoes.
One person was injured during the severe weather. According to Winston County Emergency Management Director Buddy King, a man driving an 18-wheeler struck a tree on Highway 19. King did not identify the driver, but he told the AP that the man was treated for minor injuries at Winston Medical Center in Louisville.
system in place for county
The Nov. 17 severe weather is a good reason for citizens to sign up for Winston County’s newly implemented CodeRED Weather Warning service.
CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued.
The system uses a variety of methods – text alerts, emails and phone calls – to warn citizens about potentially life-threatening events, including severe weather.
“The Code Red system is easy to use and gets information to people quickly so they can protect themselves and their families,” said Winston County EMA Director Buddy King.
When residents enroll to receive CodeRED Weather Warning notifications, they can select the types of alerts they would like to receive, that include severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings and flash flood warnings
This update will allow community members to easily identify calls coming through the systems. Message recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 for CodeRED calls. And for CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays. It is encouraged that both telephone numbers are saved in citizen’s contacts on their cell phones for easy recognition.
Most relevant for our citizens, says Buddy King,Winston County EMA Director, “Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered. This will greatly reduce the number of inbound inquiries handled by our office so we can focus emergency matters.
Persons may visit the Winston County Emergency Managment website (http://www.winstoncountyema.com/) or contact the Winston County EMA office on how to get the CodeRED signup.