By Staff and wire reports
UPDATE 4:37 p.m.: The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received initial damage reports from six counties for the severe weather system that is moving through the state.
The reports from the counties are as follows:
DeSoto: A few buildings and homes damaged.
Marshall: Numerous trees down and at least one farm building damaged.
Quitman: A couple of mobile homes damaged.
Tate: Homes damaged and trees down.
Tunica: One building damaged and trees down.
Union: A few homes and agricultural buildings damaged and trees down.
Severe weather will continue to impact the state through the evening hours and additional damages may be reported from these storms. Please continue to monitor the local weather conditions in your area.
These are initial reports from county emergency managers. Additional damage assessments are underway. MEMA will continue to provide additional reports as information becomes available.
UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: A powerful storm that blew through Tupelo on Monday afternoon left only scattered power outages.
Downed tree limbs were to blame for many of the outages, said officials with both Tupelo Water and Light and Tombigbee Electric Power Association.
Outages were reported in east Tupelo and the Lakeshire area, said Johnny Timmons with TWL, and the Barnes Crossing area, Oakview, Blue Springs, Plantersville and Woodland areas all had outages, said David Riley with Tombigbee.
TWL had restored power by about 3:45 p.m., and Riley said Tombigbee was wrapping up restoration efforts at about that time.
Business Closing Update: Luxe Boutique in Downtown Tupelo closing today at 1 p.m. due to bad weather precautions. … Several schools in Northeast Mississippi closed early this afternoon. Send any business closings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Emergency Manager reports trees & powerlines just W. of New Albany (Union Co.) at intersection of County Rd. 86 & Hwy 30.
UPDATE: 1:32 p.m.: Tornado warning for Alcorn and Tishomingo Counties until 2 p.m.
UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: In Tunica County, a severe thunderstorm uprooted trees, severed power lines and produced heavy rain from Dundee in the south to Robinsonville in the north county area, said Larry Liddell, a spokesman for Tunica County.
Liddell said the back wall of the North Tunica Fire Station was blown out by high winds, but there have been no official reports of a tornado touching down. No injuries were reported.
UPDATE 10 a.m.: The National Weather Service has extended tornado watch for following areas until 3 p.m. this afternoon:
In North Mississippi this watch includes 8 counties:
JACKSON — The National Weather Service says a storm system from the west was expected to bring heavy rain and high winds into Mississippi on Monday.
Meteorologist Latrice Maxey says the storms are expected to continue across much of the state into the evening hours. Much of north Mississippi was under a tornado watch until 3 p.m. Monday.
Maxey says the temperature shouldn’t drop too far after the weather leads the cold front through. She said temperatures should be in the 60s on Tuesday with lows in the 40s.
The warm weather should be back by Thursday, returning to the 70s.
The weather service says rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible.
National Weather Service forecast:
Today: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. High near 79. Windy, with a south southwest wind between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Tonight: A chance of showers before 1am. Areas of fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 37. Windy, with a north northwest wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.