A “large and extremely dangerous tornado” touched floor in northeastern Mississippi late Sunday as extreme climate rolled by way of the area.
Residents in not less than two cities within the areawere waking as much as broken buildings and downed energy strains after the National Weather Service in Memphis issued a string of twister warnings.
The “large and extremely dangerous tornado” was on the bottom in Sandy Springs in Itawamba county at round 10:30 p.m. native time (11:30 ET), the Weather Service stated because it warned residents to take cowl in what it known as “a life-threatening situation.”
There was no instant details about what injury or accidents the twister might have brought about to the city.
The climate service additionally urged residents in Tupelo, about 23 miles southwest of Sandy Springs, and the encompassing space in neighboring Lee county to shelter due to a “damaging tornado” shifting throughout town.
“Tornado emergency for Tupelo!” it tweeted. “Take cover now!”
Social media pictures from Tupelo confirmed roofs of many houses and buildings blown away, energy strains and timber downed, and streets swamped with particles. The metropolis’s mayor’s workplace didn’t report any accidents or deaths.
It stated injury has been reported and emergency crews had been out assessing it.
“Please do not get out and drive,” the workplace warned in a Facebook put up. “It is dangerous — there are reports that power lines are down in the roads.”
Earlier on Sunday, the workplace warned that town was in “the path of a powerful storm,” and storm shelters had been being opened.
“Please be in your tornado safe space!” Tupelo mayor Jason Shelton urged on Facebook.
There was additionally injury reported in Calhoun City, approximately 40 miles southwest of Tupelo.
A 3rd of the city is with out energy, in keeping with the county sheriff. Several individuals had been trapped of their houses, Sheriff Greg Pollan instructed NBC News, and first responders needed to extricate them. But there have been no experiences of accidents, he stated.
NBC affiliate WTVA in Tupelo additionally reported injury in Pontotoc County.
The National Weather Service in Jackson additionally shared social media experiences of tornadoes near Yazoo City and Byram earlier within the day.