Officials say a tornado did in fact set down Saturday evening in the Martin community.
John Baxter, who is the National Weather Service Warning Officer for East Mississippi, said he and David Sharp, director for the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency, inspected a home on Byrd Doerner Road Saturday night and said two metal outbuildings and a barn were destroyed by what they determined was an EF 0 tornado with winds between 60 and 80 mph.
"These were not the metal storage buildings you can get at Lowe's," said Baxter. "These were homemade metal shops with stout metal and foundations. These were very strong farm storage buildings."
Baxter said the tornado set down at about 7:15 p.m. barely missing the home. The two metal buildings were about 50 yards apart. Baxter said the twister pulled the metal support beams out of the concrete foundation and then twisted the metal into a ball. Likewise, the barn was rolled 50 yards into a pile of rubble.
"The house suffered some minor shingle damage," Baxter said.
Baxter said the tornado stayed on the ground for only about 250 yards before lifting back up and heading to Kemper County. In southern Kemper County the twister set back down again damaging a barn there.