Storm Blows Through Downtown

Even before the storms started Thursday afternoon, high winds in Meridian caused some problems in the Queen City.

The wind blew debris from the under-construction Riley Center into the streets around 2:00 p.m.

It caused police to shut down part of 22nd Avenue for several minutes while it was cleaned up.

The debris caused no damage to any of the buildings nor did it cause any injuries.

Scattered damage was reported in other Mississippi counties as a line of powerful thunderstorms plowed across the state. There were no reports of injuries.

An apparent tornado touched down at Lockard Elementary School in Sunflower County Thursday, ripping away parts of the roof and shattering windows.

Lockard Assistant Principal Valerie Simpson said a tornado touched down at the school and caused roof damage to all three buildings. She says some windows were blown out and some water damage was sustained in classrooms and the school library. Simpson says no one was injured.

Indianola police say high winds knocked several down trees in the area.

Most of Mississippi was under severe weather alerts Thursday, and a number of severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued for threatened areas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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