Northport mayor gives firsthand account of Hattiesburg tornado

Northport mayor gives firsthand account of Hattiesburg tornado

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Damage from the Hattiesburg, MS tornado. Damage from the Hattiesburg, MS tornado.
Northport mayor Bobby Herndon and his wife drove through Hattiesburg right after the tornado hit. Source: WBRC video Northport mayor Bobby Herndon and his wife drove through Hattiesburg right after the tornado hit. Source: WBRC video
An iReport image of the Hattiesburg tornado. Source: CNN An iReport image of the Hattiesburg tornado. Source: CNN
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The mayor of Northport experienced firsthand the devastation left behind after a tornado hit Hattiesburg, Miss. on Sunday.

Mayor Bobby Herndon and his wife were returning home following a business trip and happened to be driving through Hattiesburg just after the storm passed through. Herndon said downed trees and power lines made it difficult to get around.

Around 6 p.m., he had just reached the campus of Southern Miss. That's where they saw police and first responders spread out, rendering aid and redirecting traffic away from problem areas.

At least six buildings on the USM campus had tornado damage, but university officials said it could have been much worse.

The mayor believes more communities will take tornado response seriously after recent storms like the one that hit Tuscaloosa.

"You know it was scary, it was like I had seen it before. And you know you don't wish that on anybody," Mayor Herndon said.

Senator Richard Shelby asked to the mayor to speak at a West Alabama Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Tuscaloosa this morning.

Herndon asked people in attendance to keep southern Mississippi in their prayers following the tornado.

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