COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The National Weather service says it's still checking out damage from the weekend's worst tornado strike in Mississippi, but now has confirmed another twister hit in the same general region as the damaging twister in Columbus.
It says an EF-0 tornado with 85-mph (135-kph) winds touched down in Artesia, Mississippi, at 4:53 p.m. Saturday, uprooting and snapping several trees and tearing away roofs from a mobile home and a tin shed.
Artesia is a town of about 430 people. It's about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east-southeast of Columbus, a city of 24,000 where a large area was damaged Saturday.
Columbus spokesman Joe Dillon says several homes, an empty two-story school and two city community centers were destroyed, along with some businesses in a strip mall.
"There was pretty extensive damage," Dillon says. "But the streets today have been filled with workers and volunteers, all working hard to clean up the mess."