The National Weather Service in Memphis posted a series of tweets warning people to take shelter as the tornado erupted through Tupelo.
“This is a life-threatening situation!” The agency said on Twitter.
After the tornado, Tupelo City Hall warned residents to stay home so crews could assess the damage.
“Please do not go out or drive. It is dangerous ̵
1; there are reports that power lines are down the roads,” said a post on Tupelo City Hall’s Facebook page. “Prayers that are safe, and please keep our crews and responders in their prayers.”
At least two other communities have seen devastation beyond the line of severe storms.
The same line of storms damaged about 50 miles southwest of Tupelo, in the city of Calhoun City.
A video from the CNN WCBI affiliate shows crews trying to clear streets littered with uprooted trees and electric poles.
“The city of Calhoun City was hit hard tonight. The lighted poles were torn off. Trees in several homes. Trees in vehicles. Damage to several businesses. Fortunately, no injuries are currently reported,” Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Polan wrote in a Facebook post. . “Please PLEASE STAY ON THE ROADS AT THIS TIME. Emergency personnel are working hard to open the roads as quickly as possible. “
Earlier Sunday, another devastating tornado hit Yazoo City, about 170 miles southwest of Tupelo and 120 miles southwest of Calhoun City.
“We have no reports of injuries, but we have many damaged structures,” Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham said in an email.