A “large and extremely dangerous tornado” hit the ground in northeastern Mississippi late Sunday as heavy weather rolled through the region.
Residents of at least two cities in the area were waking up from damaged buildings and broken power lines after the National Weather Service in Memphis issued a series of tornado warnings.
The “big and extremely dangerous tornado” was on the ground in Sandy Springs in Itawamba County around 10:30 pm Local time (11:30 am ET), the meteorological service announced, warning residents to hide in what they called ” a life-threatening situation. “
There was no immediate information on what damage or injuries the tornado may have caused to the city.
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The Meteorological Service also urged residents of Tupelo, about 23 miles southwest of Sandy Springs, and the surrounding Lee County to take shelter because of the “harmful tornado”
“Tornado urgent for Tupelo!” He tweeted. “Hide now!”
Images on social media from Tupelo show the roofs of many homes and buildings blown away, power lines and trees fallen, and the streets littered with debris. The city hall did not report any injuries or deaths.
It says damage has been reported and emergency teams are assessing it.
“Please don’t go out and drive,” the office warned in a Facebook post. “It’s dangerous – there are reports that power lines are down the road.”
Earlier Sunday, the office warned that the city was on the “road to a powerful storm” and storm shelters were opening.
“Please be in your safe place for a tornado!” Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton called on Facebook.
Damage has also been reported in the town of Calhoun, about 40 miles southwest of Tupelo.
One-third of the city is without power, according to the county sheriff. Several people were trapped in their homes, Sheriff Greg Polan told NBC News, and those in charge had to get them out. But there were no reports of injuries, he said.
The NBC WTVA branch in Tupelo also reported damage in Pontotoc County.
The Jackson National Weather Service also shared messages on social networks about tornadoes near Yazoo City and Byram earlier in the day.
Joe Studley and Caroline Radnofsky contributed.