Apr 25, 2010 6:55 PM
YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) A National Weather Service meteorologist is saying a tornado that devastated parts of Mississippi had winds of 160 miles an hour and left a path of destruction at least 50 miles long.
Marc McAlister of the weather service said Sunday a preliminary survey showed the tornado was on a continuous track over two counties in west-central Mississippi, passing by Yazoo City. He says the tornado was an EF-3, which is rated severe, and had a maximum width of 1- miles.
McAlister says crews will now begin checking the tornado's path to the southwest to Tallulah, La., just across the state line with Mississippi, as well as farther northeast of Yazoo County. That survey may take a couple of days to complete.
At least 10 people were killed Saturday when the tornado ripped through the rural Mississippi countryside.