Storms Return to Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the southern counties of Mississippi and severe storm warnings were posted Tuesday afternoon for several counties in central and southern portions of the state.

Trees and power lines have been reported down in numerous locations, including Meridian. Hail was also reported.

Gary Galloway of Newton County Emergency Management reported perhaps 30 percent of the county out of power in mid-afternoon, with some homes damaged. Emergency personnel, including law enforcement, were working to clear roads of trees and power lines.

Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across the WTOK viewing area.

Much colder temperatures are forecast statewide Tuesday night and Wednesday, with the threat of precipitation diminishing.

The weather service says some of the storms could contain nickel-size hail with winds in excess of 70 mph.

The latest round of storms comes one week after tornadoes left damage in the Oxford and Southaven areas of north Mississippi. There were a number of injuries reported during that round of severe weather.

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