UPDATE: Severe weather hits NEMS

By NEMS360

Severe weather hit the Northeast Mississippi area Saturday.

The Union County Sheriff’s Department confirmed widespread reports of power outages and downed trees throughout the area. In Union Hill, a tree fell on a house, a dispatcher said. A tornado was spotted in Ingomar, but there have been no reports yet of damage.

New Albany was spared in the latest wave of weather activity, said a police department representative, who noted the tornado passed over the city but did not touch down.

Late Saturday morning people in Pontotoc and Union counties reported having seen tornadoes. In Union County, a Sheriff’s Department dispatcher said at least one tornado was spotted in the air, but no touchdowns had been reported.

In adjacent Pontotoc County, damage assessment coordinator Mike Martin said a twister was reported to have touched down in the northwest part of the county, but emergency responders dispatched to the area were unable to find any damage that would confirm the report.

There was also damage in Hamilton in Monroe County.

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From earlier today.

There are several advisories and watches that will continue through Saturday.

A tornado warning has been issued for Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo until 1:45 p.m.

The tornado watch has been extended from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. The following counties are under the warning: Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest; Franklin; Grenada, Hinds, Holmes; Humphreys; Issaquena, Itawamba, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo counties.

A flash flood watch has been issued until 4 p.m., and a wind advisory continues until 10 p.m. The following counties are under the watches: Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Coahoma, DeSoto, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union and Yalobusha.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 11:30 a.m. in Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica counties and until 12:15 p.m. for Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tippah and Union counties.

Clay county has a flood warning until 7 a.m on Tuesday, April 27.

Monroe county has a flood warning until 6:12 a.m. on Monday, April 26.

On Friday night, Blockbuster in Tupelo said its credit/debit system was not working due to the bad weather, according to business writer Carlie Kollath.

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