Severe weather hits North Mississippi

OLIVE BRANCH — Authorities say several homes were destroyed and others sustained heavy damage as a tornado and high winds raced through DeSoto County and Olive Branch. No injuries were reported.

According to the National Weather Service’s preliminary report, Thursday afternoon’s tornado had winds estimated at 105 mph.

DeSoto County Emergency Management Agency Director Bobby Storey said wind damage was reported in all parts of the county with the heaviest damage occurring in the Olive Branch area.

In Tupelo, a tree fell on a home in central Tupelo, nearly splitting it in two, reports. The family inside was not injured.

The National Weather Service reports trees down in around six counties.

No injuries have been reported.

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