A “large and extremely dangerous tornado” touched ground in northeastern Mississippi late Sunday. Residents in at least two towns in the areawere waking up to damaged buildings and downed power lines after the National Weather Service in Memphis issued a string of tornado warnings. Sandy Springs in Itawamba county, Tupelo, about 23 miles southwest of Sandy Springs, and the surrounding area in neighboring Lee county were hit. Social media images from Tupelo showed roofs of many homes and buildings blown away, power lines and trees downed, and streets swamped with debris. There was also damage reported in Calhoun City, approximately 40 miles southwest of Tupelo and in Pontotoc County.Residents were warned to not get out and drive. “This is a life-threatening situation!” wrote the National Weather Service in Memphis. Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan told that the storm caused damage to light poles, trees, vehicles, and several businesses.
“Always be prepared to go immediately to your safe place when a warning is issued. Planning minimizing any hesitation or confusion, esp. at night,” NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors wrote on Twitter. The multiple tornadoes caused big damage in the area. Many homes were destroyed. Photos retweeted by the National Weather Service in Memphis showed several downed trees and power lines. No victims were reported. Tuesday’s storms could bring wind gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph) and hail to the size of golf balls for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.