Tornado Throws Door 30 Miles Away, Lands on Miss. State Univ.'s Campus

This door was lofted into the atmosphere by an extremely strong tornado in Louisville, Mississippi this afternoon, and it landed over 30 miles away on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville.

This particular tornado produced copious amounts of damage along its path, at one point producing a debris cloud that measured 3 miles across up at 5,000 feet above ground level.

Tornadoes are known to launch debris into the upper-atmosphere and carry it extreme distances. The most common debris to find over 100 miles away from the site the strongest tornadoes is usually light — check stubs, insulation, photographs, etc. — but stronger tornadoes can carry glass, boards, parts of trees, and other odd debris long distances. Pieces of a mattress covered in ice were found over 40 miles away after the devastating tornado that hit Worcester, Massachusetts in 1953.

Here's a radar image of the 3-mile wide debris ball as the tornado moved through Louisville, MS this afternoon.

Tornado Throws Door 30 Miles Away, Lands on Miss. State Univ.'s Campus

[Images via ABC 33/40's livestream and Gibson Ridge]