Mississippi under a state of emergency after severe storms

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The National Weather services confirms two tornadoes touched down in the Mid South during Saturday morning’s severe storms.

In a tweet, the agency says on EF-1 tornado touched down in Tate County, near Arkabutla, and moved into DeSoto county, just southwest of Hernando. A EF-2 tornado touched down east of Hernando and moved towards the Olive Branch area.

The National Weather Service also said damage in Tunica County was caused by straight-lined wind.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon while damages across the state were being assessed.

According to the Governor’s Facebook page, flooding continues to threaten parts of the state.

A tornado hit several homes in the 4000-5000 blocks of Highway 4 West in Marshall County, the Marshall County Fire Department confirmed to WREG.

Some injuries were reported, but the severity of those injuries is unknown.

The tornado occurred between Holly Springs and Senatobia.

Olive Branch Police said Cedar Creek Road is blocked by downed trees and power lines, and College Road between Bethel Road and Highway 305 is impassible.

WREG’s Jerrita Patterson spoke with two brothers who say the storms also left damage in Hernando.

“It sounded like a bomb, like that type of bang,” 14-year-old Josh Davis and his brother Daniel say it took the roof off of a neighbor’s home. “The house could have been on the ground, in bits and pieces.”

Just southeast of Clarkdale, the storms knocked over 44 empty rail cars on the Mississippi Delta Railroad. The railroad released a statement saying no one was hurt and that a tree did fall on a locomotive.

Empty railcar blown off the rails by a tornado, approximately one mile north of Sumner, MS. | Submitted by Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad LLC

Entergy is reporting outages across northern Mississippi and Arkansas. In an area where some of the strongest storms hit, almost 6,000 customers were without power in DeSoto County.

In Wynne, Arkansas, the storms tore off the roof of the animal shelter. The West Memphis Animal Shelter is working with the Wynne Animal Shelter to get the animals out of the damaged building.

 

 

Collierville officials are warning drivers to be careful in the areas of Winchester and Houston Levee as well as Bailey Station and Houston Levee due to out traffic signals. Crews are putting up stop signs at both intersections to remind people to treat the intersections as four-way stop.

After the majority of the storms passed through Shelby County, more than 25,000 customers were left without power in the county.

A large tree fell onto power lines in Midtown, blocking a portion of McLean and affecting power in the area.

MLGW had crews ready and waiting Saturday morning and will be working on repairs through the day.

 

 

 

WREG will provide updates as we learn more.

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