UPDATE: Tornado watch for Northeast Mississippi

By Emily Le Coz & staff

All parts of North Mississippi have been cleared from Tornado watch.

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Tornado watch remains valid for only the following areas until 9 p.m.:

CHICKASAW
ITAWAMBA
MONROE

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UPDATE: National Weather Service damage reports …

4:30 p.m.- Multiple trees down across town in Gattman in Monroe County. …. Trees down reported in Smithville, too.

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4:29 p.m. – Trained spotter said 60 mph gusts estimated in Hatley in Monroe County

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UPDATE: Tornado Watch canceled for Benton, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie

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UPDATE: A tornado watch for the following counties until 9 p.m. …

ALCORN
BENTON
CALHOUN
CHICKASAW
COAHOMA
DESOTO
ITAWAMBA
LAFAYETTE
LEE
MARSHALL
MONROE
PANOLA
PONTOTOC
PRENTISS
QUITMAN
TALLAHATCHIE
TATE
TIPPAH
TISHOMINGO
TUNICA
UNION
YALOBUSHA

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A line of severe storms that already killed at least 13 people in the Midwest could hit Tupelo later today, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.

The storm system unleashed tornadoes on towns in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, the Associated Press reported. It’s now moving east and could reach Mississippi by night.

“Areas targeted by violent storms into this evening will stretch from the Tennessee Valley to the Ohio Valley and include the cities of Nashville, Tenn., London, Ky., Charlestone W.V., Tupelo, Miss., and Huntsville, Ala.,” AccuWeather said in a press release today.

In addition to the threat of tornadoes, meteorologists also warn of damaging winds and large hail.

North Mississippi still is recovering from tornadoes that hit the area – and particularly Wren and Smithville – in April.

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