Tornado Strikes Kemper County

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At least one person is dead in a tornado that hit around noon in Kemper County.

The storm hit a few miles north of the Mississippi Power lignite coal plant construction site, but did not affect the plant.

But a fabrication plant on Highway 493 was ripped to shreds.

"We don't know if anyone else in the building was injured. But we know throughout Kemper County multiple people have been injured and taken to the hospital," said Sheriff James Moore. "We have one fatality and five injuries and multiple damages across the county."

Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency is assisting Kemper County.

"We're still assessing the area right now, making sure we've got everybody that's injured taken care of, to try to see just how bad we were hit," Moore said.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said initial reports also indicated damage to structures and trees and power lines down in Noxubee County near Macon and Shuqualak. The massive tornado was recorded there by Tony Sudduth.

EMEPA crews are working to restore power to residents that lost service because of the storm. Initially about 5,100 customers were without power in Kemper County.

Clarke County's power is expected to be fully restored Thursday night. The repairs in Kemper County are complicated by significant damage to TVA's transmission lines.

EMEPA says it's not able to restore power to the southern and eastern portions of Kemper County, including those around Highways 45, 39 and 16 from DeKalb to Scooba, until damage to TVA’s transmission system is repaired. Restoration efforts in this area are expected to continue through the night and into Friday.

Some members in western Kemper County may see power restored later Thursday evening.

MEMA compiled reports from affected counties:
Clarke: Trees and power lines down.
Clay: Trees down in the Cedar Bluff Community. Minor roof damage to a few homes.
Forrest: At least one home damaged. Minor damage to a fire station.
Kemper: One death and five injuries. Several homes and at least one business damaged.
Noxubee: Trees and power lines down in the Shuqualak and Macon areas.