Despite damage sustained from an EF-1 tornado Saturday night, Mississippi State University has stated that the damage will not impact operations at its Beef Unit at the H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center — commonly known as South Farm.
The university said the facility sustained approximately $300,000 in damage from the storm, including the complete destruction of a hay barn. Two grain bins and approximately four miles of fence were also damaged. Additionally, the storm caused tree damage at the facility, downing between 50 and 75 trees.
Equipment damage was reported, too, with a horse trailer and a new trackhoe sustaining damage, with the trackhoe’s windows being blown out.
No animals were injured in the storm, but cattle were relocated due to downed fencing. All damage was located north of the Mississippi Horse Park.
As of Monday, cleanup and fence repairs were underway at the facility, with four truckloads of scrap tin hauled away.
According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service, the tornado that hit the Beef Unit touched down at approximately 10:18 p.m. and lasted eight minutes. Peak winds were 105 mph, and the tornado traveled 4.46 miles. The tornado was reported to be 400 yards wide at its max width.
No injuries were reported from the EF-1 tornado.