A EF2 tornado struck Covington County in Mississippi early Monday morning, causing injuries and destroying buildings. The tornado touched down in southern Mississippi, near the rural community of Collins, at about 2 a.m. local time.
The National Weather Service determined that the tornado was on the ground for 16 miles. Overall, 8 people were injured.
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This time-lapse video shows the track of this tornado (the yellow streaks of lightning intensify and turn into purple polygons that provide that provide advanced warning of severe weather approaching. The red polygons represent official tornado warnings.):
In this case, WeatherBug’s DTAs provided 25 additional minutes of warning compared to all other weather apps. In total, WeatherBug alerted to this tornado 44 minutes before it happened!
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team