Strong storms hit NEMS

By Staff and wire reports

UPDATE: 10:21 p.m.: In Monroe County, Sheriff Andy Hood said a few trees were down around Bigbee area. Power was out briefly in Amory in Aberdeen. South of Aberdeen there was a little bit of rotation reported around 10 p.m.

Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said there were a couple accidents in the county and at least one in Fulton. He said there was heavy rain, damaging winds and power outages.

He also said there was pretty rough weather going through the southeastern portion of the county in Tremont.

According to Tishomingo County officials, no serious damage was reported, but there were trees and power lines down. The Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office reported no storm damage.

UPDATE 10:03 p.m.: About 9:30 p.m., tornado warnings took effect in Lee County and the surrounding areas.

The first possible tornadic activity was reported around 9:30 p.m. in Lee County with strong rotation starting around Saltillo and headed toward Baldwyn and the Pratts Community.

The second rotation was reported around 9:40 p.m. about seven miles southeast of Tombigbee State Park.

Trees were reported down throughout the region.

In Lee County, trees were down and roads were blocked on County Roads 1190 and 681 and on Highway 6 south of Plantersville.

A transformer was reported on fire on Green Street between 9 and 9:30 p.m. and a tree was on fire on Carver Lane in Tupelo.

The National Weather Service reported winds reaching about 80 mph.

UPDATE: 10 p.m.: Strong storms being reported right now in Itawamba and Tishomingo counties.

UPDATE 9:55 p.m.: Heavy rain, high winds blow through Memphis area

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Heavy rain and winds from 60 to 80 mph hit Memphis Thursday night.

Several possible tornadoes were sighted from Arkansas into northwestern Tennessee, said Corey Chaskelson, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Officials won’t know for sure until they investigate on Friday.

On Highway 51 near Memphis, sheets of rain fell, tree limbs blew onto the road and lightning lit up the evening sky.

Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies tweeted that he and others took shelter in a closet during the storm, which interrupted a photo shoot.

There was no immediate word of serious injuries.

The line of severe storms late Thursday was moving toward Nashville and into Mississippi, Chaskelson said.

In Nashville, where it rained most of the day, emergency officials urged workers to get home by 6 p.m. and stay there. The Florida-Vanderbilt women’s basketball game scheduled for Thursday night in Nashville was postponed until Friday night.

Sandbags were placed outside Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as a precaution against flooding.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: Tornado Warning for Itawamba, Lee, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Union until 10:15 pm.

From The Weather Channel – As squall line moved through Tupelo, Mississippi, winds gusted to 51 knots or close to 59 mph.

JACKSON — Much of north Mississippi was under a tornado watch and flash flood watch Thursday as a spring-like storm system threatened to bring severe weather to the state.

Forecasters say the storm will pull moisture into the region from the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in persistent heavy rain in parts of the southern United States.

More than 30 counties in north Mississippi were under a tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m. The weather service issued the flash-flood watch for more than 20 north Mississippi counties. It was to remain in effect until 3 a.m. on Friday.

The Weather Service also issued a wind advisory for some counties in west Mississippi.

UPDATE 2:41 p.m.:
Tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. CST for following counties:

ALCORN
BENTON
BOLIVAR
CALHOUN
CARROLL
CHICKASAW
COAHOMA
DESOTO
GRENADA
HOLMES
HUMPHREYS
ITAWAMBA
LAFAYETTE
LEE
LEFLORE
MARSHALL
MONROE
MONTGOMERY
PANOLA
PONTOTOC
PRENTISS
QUITMAN
SUNFLOWER
TALLAHATCHIE
TATE
TIPPAH
TISHOMINGO
TUNICA
UNION
WASHINGTON
WEBSTER
YALOBUSHA

National Weather Service forecast:

This Afternoon…Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with higher gusts.

Tonight…Breezy. Showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe with heavy rainfall. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds 15 to 20 mph becoming west 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Wind gusts to near 30 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.

Friday…Cooler. Partly sunny in the morning…then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night…Colder. Partly cloudy in the evening…then clearing. Lows in the upper 30s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

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