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By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Tornado Devastates Hattiesburg

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The tornadoes that came through Hattiesburg last night were terrifying and devastating and it seems to be a miracle that no one was killed in such a destructive storm.  I was sitting in the dark hallway of Lowe’s when the tornado came through.  Pictures of the tornado right behind Lowe’s was a crazy thing to see and I am grateful that I was in a large safe building and not on the road when the weather turned for the worst.

The EF4 tornado that blew through Hattiesburg destroyed many homes and buildings and damaged school facilities on the campuses of Oak Grove High School, Southern Miss, and Hattiesburg High School.  Oak Grove’s fieldhouse, baseball field and weight room were severely damaged.  USM had many buildings damaged including Elam Arms, the Alumni House, and the Fine Arts Building.  The Jazz Station will have to be torn down.  This destruction has caused schools to stay closed for a couple days, although USM is currently observing a Mardi Gras holiday meaning that most students were thankfully not on campus during the tornados.

Hardy Street, the main road through east Hattiesburg, is still closed and many other roads are closed due to power lines and trees being down.  This has caused traffic in the area to be quite slow.

Power is still out for many, but power companies are working around the clock to restore power in the area.  Power companies from outside the Hattiesburg area have come in to help since the amount of work is more than workers in the area can do alone.

Although the forecast showed bad weather, no one expected the weather to get as bad as it did. Chris Hernandez a student at USM said, “Because the rain had stopped, it seemed the worst of the weather was over. My friends and I were on our way to the mall when the power went out all around us.  At that point we realized that the weather was worse that we realized and turned around.”

In the midst of the destruction, the Hattiesburg community has come together to help clean up the mess. Molly a student at William Carey University said, “It affected all of Hattiesburg regardless if ones house was destroyed or not. It’s great to see all of Hattiesburg come together as one to help out.”  WCU was the only school in Hattiesburg that did not have damage from the storm.

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Written by stephaniependergrass

February 18, 2013 at 4:24 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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