Mississippi Tornado EF-4: On Sunday, President Joe Biden approved disaster aid for Mississippi, releasing funds for those who lost everything in the severe storms that hit the state on Friday night.
The White House announced in a statement that federal funding would be made available to government, tribal, and other agencies in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey counties.
The EF-4 rating given to the devastating tornado that ripped through Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on Friday night indicates that this was an extremely rare and potent storm.
Jackson, Mississippi’s NWS office has issued a preliminary rating for the storm as they continue to gather data.
Tornadoes are rated on a scale from zero to five (with five being the most devastating) using the Enhanced Fujita scale. The Storm Prediction Center reports that only 1% of tornadoes are EF-4 in intensity. Historically, EF-0 and EF-1 have been the most common ratings for tornadoes.
According to preliminary reports, the tornado traveled 59 miles over the course of about 70 minutes. About 4,000 feet, or three-quarters of a mile, was its maximum width.
It has not been determined how fast the tornado was moving yet, but an EF-4 tornado can generate winds of between 166 and 200 miles per hour.
Gov. Tate Reeves, who put in the request for a disaster declaration, said on Saturday that “the damage and loss are clear everywhere today.”
“Buildings of all kinds; even entire neighborhoods Together, we must respond, recover, and rebuild “what he tweeted. This is the goal, so to speak.
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