Several tornadoes were reported in Mississippi on Sunday causing damage. There was no immediate news of the injuries.
A line of severe storms hit the state on Sunday afternoon and into the night. Late Sunday, a “tornado emergency” was declared for Tupelo and the surrounding area. Meteorologists urged residents to take cover.
“Damage has been reported in the city of Tupelo,” the mayor’s office said in a Facebook post just before 11 p.m. “Emergency crews are currently assessing the degree of damage. Please do not go out and drive.”
Photos retweeted by the Memphis National Weather Service showed several downed trees and power lines. Tupelo middle school suffered damage, as well as houses and businesses.
Tupelo is the home of the Elvis Presley Museum. It was not known if it was damaged, but CBS Jackson, Mississippi affiliate, WJTV, said there was “significant residential damage” in the area, including roofs torn from structures.
The City of Pearl, outside of Jackson, tweeted a striking image of an impending funnel:
WJTV said tornadoes were reported near Yazoo City, Byram and Tchula earlier today. Jackson’s National Weather Service shared several images of funnel clouds in different parts of the state.