Twister Strikes southwest of Atlanta; Cities in Mississippi, together with Tupelo, additionally broken by storms The Climate Channel – Article from the Climate Channel
- Thunderstorms caused more than a dozen reports of tornadoes in Mississippi.
- Damage was reported in Tupelo, Calhoun City and Yazoo City.
- Atlanta took cover when a tornado hit on Monday morning.
- No deaths were reported.
A storm system moving across the south caused damage to several cities in Mississippi on Sunday evening, triggering a tornado that caused much of the Atlanta subway area to settle on Monday morning.
The severe storms that rolled over Mississippi overnight resulted in reports of more than a dozen tornadoes. No deaths have been reported to date.
Homes have been damaged and trees and power lines torn down in Tupelo, where a rare tornado emergency has triggered.
“Emergency tornado for Tupelo! This is a life-threatening situation! Now take cover!” tweeted the National Weather Service office in Memphis just before 11 p.m.
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In a Facebook post, the mayor’s office said, “Please don’t get out and drive. It’s dangerous.”
Housing damage near the Elvis Presley Museum was severe, according to an NWS report.
WTVA reported that damage was also reported in Tupelo’s Park Hill neighborhood.
The storm demolished the roof of a house and flipped a car on Ranch Road, according to WTVA.
Damage has also been reported in Tupelo Middle School and neighboring Pontotoc County.
About 45 miles to the southeast, Calhoun City was also hit by a possible tornado.
“Calhoun City was badly hit tonight. Light poles were demolished. Trees in some houses. Trees on vehicles. Damage to several businesses. Fortunately, we have received no reports of injuries at the time,” said Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan said in a Facebook post.
Pictures from the city showed the metal roof of a gas station being torn to pieces. Others showed huge trees falling from the ground and power poles swaying in the wind.
A tornado was reported in Yazoo City the previous Sunday.
“We have no reported injuries, but (we have) numerous damaged structures,” Yazoo County’s Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham told CNN.
A mobile home was split when a tree fell on it in Byram, southwest of Jackson.
On Sunday evening there were 19 reports of tornadoes across the state of Mississippi. The actual number of confirmed tornadoes that caused the storms will be known once the NWS investigates the damage.
Tense moments for Atlanta
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado landed in Fulton County southwest of Interstate 20 and Interstate 285 around 10:20 a.m. Monday. Tornado warnings were issued for Counties Fulton and DeKalb until 11:15 a.m. A severe thunderstorm warning continued in Counties DeKalb and Gwinnett.
Atlanta Public Schools ordered students to seek refuge. Georgia Tech and Emory University officials urged people to seek refuge.
According to poweroutage.us, as of 12:30 p.m., more than 5,700 households and businesses in Fulton County were without power.
The Atlanta Fire Department tweeted it responded to a series of tree calls along the Cascade Road corridor southwest of downtown. The tweet said there were no reports of significant injuries or trees on homes.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted photos of damage in her neighborhood.
Significant debris was seen in South Fulton, a town on the southwestern edge of Atlanta. The Pepsico factory on Fulton Industrial Boulevard was damaged, according to WAGA. Air conditioning was ripped from the roof and ceiling tiles inside the building were torn down.
A video captured in front of another company in the area showed an overturned articulated tractor.
In Douglasville, about 20 miles west of Atlanta, police said a fallen tree was blocking Campbellton Street, WSB-TV reported.
The Atlanta area seems to have taken a big break. When the warning was issued on Monday morning, no tornado clock was in effect. According to meteorologist Jonathan Erdman, the clock was raised about eight minutes after the warning.
The warning affected more than 700,000 people, Erdman said. The tornado appeared to be lifting around I-285 or it could have plowed into several large subdivisions southwest of downtown Atlanta.
Kentucky tornado report
A possible tornado was also reported in Tompkinsville, Kentucky on Monday morning.
WKRN-TV reported that Monroe County’s dispatchers said the city, which is about 70 miles northeast of Nashville, had “suffered significant damage.”
Numerous trees and power lines have come down, said the dispatchers.
The Louisville National Weather Service bureau said a survey team will be investigating the damage in Monroe County to see if it was caused by a tornado.
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