Fallen hero: MPD Officer Sean Bolton

PHOTOS: Tupelo Hit Hard By Tornado

(Tupelo, MS) There is massive damage in Tupelo, Miss., after a tornado tore through the city Monday afternoon.

Tupelo police say there are injuries, although the extent and severity is not known.

No fatalities have been reported in Tupelo, although one person was killed in Verona, Miss.

There are storm shelters at 843 North Front Street and the Haven Community Center (3288 Willie Moore Road).

An 8 p.m. curfew has been put in place for the entire city.

Main roads in and out of Tupelo are closed.

Much of the damage is in the area of the Barnes Crossing Mall.

There are numerous reports from people who said they saw a large wedge tornado in that area.

Mississippi State University posted this message on its twitter account:
“Commuter students, staff or others who need a substantial place during the storm the Union Dawg House is open for you.”

Here are some damage reports from Tupelo via NE Mississippi Daily:

  1. Outback and Vanelli’s destroyed
  2. Neighborhood across Vanelli’s has been hit badly
  3. Barnes Crossing Mall has been hit on the south end, Tupelo
  4. Unconfirmed: Joyner School hit, Tupelo
  5. Shell station and Express Lube next to it by Margarete’s Chocolate flattened, Tupelo

Counties reporting damages:

  • Desoto: Road closures due to flash flooding. 
  • Itawamba: Minor injuries. Some roads inaccessible due to downed trees. Several homes destroyed.
  • Lee:  Major damage in the City of Tupelo. Reports of extensive home damage in the area.
  • Madison: Homes damaged. A few injuries.
  • Montgomery: Trees down and homes damaged.
  • Quitman: Trees and power lines down in the Marks community.
  • Warren: Homes damaged and multiple roads closed.
  • Winston: Major damage near Louisville. The Winston Medical Center has been damaged. The Mississippi Health Department is en route to provide assistance and damage assessment. Several homes have been destroyed.


  • Brent Parsons

    Anyone know about the Courtyard by Marriott on Gloster? The phone has been disconnected. Anyone know of any hotels not hit by the tornado?

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    David idk how i got to that area in here but somehow i got to a.list of businesses.hit there and sorry.david.it.. I also says express lube is flattened. Feelin for u. Had tried calln…went directly to vm

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    Yeah sonya he works for a midtown movers here.in memphis.They.have to go to get any furmiture can.be saved. Terrible!!!! Im wondering if fulton ms got hit. Furniture place there on north side.of.road

  • David reynolds

    If anyone is on north gloster street and notices a blue building with a big blue and red sign with a bar of lights will someone send me a picture pleaseeeee!! Thanks

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