Posted: Apr 24, 2014 5:51 PM by Pat Shingleton
April 24th marked the 106th anniversary of the "1908 Tornado." As noted in a previous column, it qualified for the Top 10 List of Killer Tornadoes that struck Weiss in northwest Livingston Parish; ranking seventh. Investigators verified that the tornado was approximately two miles wide, moved east-northeast into St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes, exiting Louisiana in Washington Parish. Two died in Dennis, MS., with the worst destruction and loss-of-life in Amite County resulting in 29 deaths and four fatalities near Wilmer. When the tornado finally left Louisiana and Mississippi, 143 people died, 400 were injured and 1,935 residents were homeless. The Tupelo, MS twister of April 5, 1936 and The Natchez Tornado on May 6, 1840 were listed.