Tornado hits Miss. Delta, no damage reported

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A National Weather Service spokesman says storm chasers caught video of a tornado touching down Thursday in rural Sharkey County in the Mississippi Delta.

The tornado was spotted near Nitta Yuma at 5:22 p.m. CDT. There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage.

The spokesman says there also were reports of a possible tornado near Leland.

NWS forecasters say a cold front brought the possibility of strong tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding to the area.

The forecast called for severe weather threats to increase in Mississippi Thursday afternoon, with greater chances of rain and storms overnight. Wind gusts as high as 35 mph and rain of 2 inches or more could be recorded in the northern Delta region and around Memphis, Tenn.

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