More severe weather including a reported tornado from the Atlanta region — continued to roar across the storm-battered South on Monday, a day after several tornadoes were reported in Mississippi, causing damage but no immediate word of injuries.
A tornado warning was issued for parts of this Atlanta metro region Monday morning. “Flying debris will be harmful to all those caught without recourse,” the National Weather Service warned.
A tornado watch was in effect for parts of central Alabama and central Georgia
The weather service said that ongoing severe thunderstorms and heavy rains may bring harmful gusts, large hail, a few tornadoes and flash flooding across portions of the southern Plains into the Southeast and middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys throughout the afternoon on Monday.
On Sunday afternoon and in the night, a line of severe storms gathered through Mississippi. Meteorologists urged residents to take cover.
“Damage has been reported in the City of Tupelo,” the mayor’s office said in a Facebook post just before 11 p.m.”Emergency crews are currently assessing the degree of damage. Please do not get out and drive.”
Photos retweeted by the weather service in Memphis showed several downed trees and power lines. Tupelo Middle School continued some damage, in addition to homes and businesses.
There were numerous reports of damage to homes on Elvis Presley Drive, just down the street from the home where the famed singer had been born.
News outlets reported tornadoes near Yazoo City, Byram and Tchula earlier in the day. The weather service in Jackson shared several images of funnel clouds all over various parts of the state.