Wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph caused damage to trees, power lines and along the roadways. Ten automobile accidents were reported in Tupelo but none resulted in major injuries. Police said traffic on Highway 45 between the Main Street and Eason Boulevard exits was backed up for nearly an hour while the wreckage from the truck was cleaned up.
Winds peaked at 90 mph in Vardaman around 12:50 p.m. in what the National Weather Service Declared an EF-1 tornado. Meteorologist Chris Duke said the tornado brought trees down on homes, damaged sheds and caused one minor injury. He said the tornado started and ended in Vardaman with a three-mile length and 100-yard width.
In Tupelo, most damages from the storm involved power lines and poles down like on Mt. Vernon Road and on Elizabeth Street. Tupelo Water and Light crews scrambled to get the poles and dozens of power lines out of the roadway and power in the affected areas restored.
Chris Duke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis, said the 50 mph winds reported were damaging.
“The gusts got pretty high, so it’s not a surprise that trees and power lines were down,” said Duke. “And under the right circumstances, those winds could definitely overturn an 18-wheeler.”
Other areas in Northeast Mississippi like Oxford saw heavy rainfall but had no structural damage reported, according to emergency management personnel. There were also high winds reported in areas of Chickasaw County, causing several trees to be downed.
Thunderstorms are expected to continue though the weekend, according to the NWS. There is a 40 percent chance for thunderstorms today and a 50 percent chance for Friday. Both Saturday and Sunday have 20 percent chances for storms.
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