Extreme Weather: Tornado Damage In Mississippi, 12 Alabama Counties Under Tornado Watch
At least one tornado resulted from severe weather conditions in central Mississippi.Advertisement
The tornado, formed east of Wesson, caused massive damage across the town, including downing of power lines and trees, according to the Wesson Police Department, WAPT reports.
Meanwhile, a tornado watch was issued for 12 counties in Alabama, which include Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pike and Sumter.
Thunderstorms from southeast Louisiana and southeast Mississippi are expected to move towards Mobile. Forecasters say the storms could bring along quarter-sized hail. Damage was reported in at least 20 counties in Mississippi, emergency management officials said. The Weather Channel reports that the damage caused included injuries in a Lincoln County mobile home demolished as a result of the extreme weather. Thunderstorms in the region were caused as a result of the developing area of low pressure associated with the winter storm.
On Monday, several possible tornadoes struck Mississippi, the largest of which hit northern Lincoln County and southern Copiah County. WAPT reported that Wesson Attendance Center witnessed roof damage, while downing of trees was also part of the damage. No injuries were reported, authorities said. Winds of up to 100 miles per hour near the Copiah Lincoln Community College were recorded. No damage was reported. There was rainfall in Clinton, while damage was reported, including downing of trees, on Cynthia Drive, north of the Natchez Trace. In Madison and Rankin counties, quarter sized hail was reported.
A tornado was reported in Covington County, the emergency management officials said, as a result of which a mobile was severely damaged and a person was injured. According to the National Weather Service, a “large and extremely dangerous tornado” was reported in the Pollard/Flomaton area in Escambia County; the incident caused injury to one person, who thereby was transported to the Sacred Heart Hospital as a trauma alert.
Leake, Smith and Simpson counties also saw damage. Tornadoes reported in Leake and Smith counties caused damage to buildings, while there was significant damage to trees in Simpson County. As many as six structures were damaged in Smith County.
According to AL.com, forecasters say that a cold front approaching central Alabama is expected to form thunderstorms. There could also be localized flooding in the region.