MANTACHIE – At least five Mantachie homes may have been damaged by a possible tornado that ripped through around 2 p.m. Saturday.
According to the National Weather Service in Memphis, trees were reported to have damaged five homes in the Mantachie area of Itawamba County. Several trees were reported down in the roadways.
Even though the NWS said a tornado was not confirmed in the area, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said witnesses said they saw a tornado in Mantachie.
A meteorologist with the NWS said the damage could have been caused by straight-line winds or a tornado.
“We got a house on Mantachie Creek Road that sustained heavy damage from what is said to have been a tornado,” said Dickinson. “We also got one next to it that has minor damage. Looking at the trees, I can see a path where a possible tornado could have traveled. We have trees down in several places and some wind damage, but no one was hurt by the storm.”
Dickinson said a tree fell on the gymnasium of Fairview School in the Fairview community located about seven miles northeast of Fulton. He said the inside of the gym was not damaged.
There was also a report of a two oak trees falling across Highway 336 in Pontotoc County in Thaxton in the afternoon Saturday, according to WTVA. The road was closed for a few hours.
Much like Friday night and all day Saturday, people in the region can expect a lot of rainfall, according to the NWS. There is a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday and a 40 percent chance for Monday. Tuesday is expected to be partly cloudy with highs of 79 degrees.
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