Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Tupelo, Calhoun County Hit Hard by Late-Night Storms, Tornadoes

By Alyssa Schnugg
News editor
alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

According to the National Weather Service, damage has been reported in several Mississippi cities after severe storms rolled across the state overnight producing reports of more than a dozen tornadoes.

So far there have been no deaths reported.

Homes were damaged and trees and power lines were downed in Tupelo, where a rare tornado emergency was issued.

Residential damage was extensive near the Elvis Presley Museum area, according to a National Weather Service report.

Damage also was reported in Tupelo’s Park Hill neighborhood, at Tupelo Middle School and in neighboring Pontotoc County, according to local news reports.

About 45 miles to the southeast, Calhoun City also was hit by a possible tornado.

“The town of Calhoun City was hit hard tonight. Light poles have been snapped off. Trees in a few homes. Trees on vehicles. Damage to several businesses. Fortunately, we have had no reports at this time of injuries,” Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan said in a Facebook post.

Earlier Sunday, a tornado was reported in Yazoo City. No injuries were reported; however, several structures were reported damaged.

There were 19 reports of tornadoes across the entire state of Mississippi on Sunday evening. The actual number of confirmed tornadoes the storms produced will be known once the NWS surveys the damage.

More storms are expected to affect north Mississippi tonight and into Tuesday.

Lafayette County currently has an Enhanced Risk – a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 – for severe weather late Tuesday morning into early afternoon.

Hotty Toddy News will post updates as they become available.


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