NWS surveying storm damage in Meridian, Lauderdale Co.

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- The National Weather Service has crews in Meridian to determine if Saturday morning's storm was, in fact, a tornado.

(Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

Multiple damage reports have come in across Lauderdale County and Meridian after storms blew through around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

Chief Randall Davis of the Marion Police Department says at least one person was injured after a possible tornado.

Parts of Highway 45 near Marion may also be blocked due to the fallen trees.

The roof has been blown off of the George Reese Court apartments in Meridian.

Trees have fallen on at least three houses along 10th Avenue in Meridian.

Magnolia Middle School's auditorium was damaged, and some classrooms may have also been damaged.

The Meridian Public School District says Carver Middle School had damage to the front entrance and awning.

A house also caught fire on Maple Street in Meridian.

Other reports include trees down on 29th Avenue near the railroad tracks in Meridian, trees down on Highway 45 South, 4 miles north of Meridian.

Reports of damage in Clarke County include trees down along Highway 145 South in Quitman and trees down along the Lauderdale/Clarke County line on Highway 11.

The city of Meridian released this statement:

"There has been significant damage to a large part of the city. At this time, emergency personnel are out accessing damage and more officials have been called in. Everyone’s safety is first priority, so please travel only as needed.

Do not attempt to enter into damaged structures or approach downed power lines. Streets will be blocked, so please do not attempt to cross any road barriers."

We will continue to update everyone throughout the afternoon.


Part of Magnolia Middle School damaged (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)