Damage Reported as Tornadoes Tear Across the South

Cities across the South were reeling from damage caused by tornadoes that touched down late Sunday night and Monday morning.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but damage — including downed trees and utility poles, and buildings whose roofs were torn off — was reported in parts of Mississippi, Kentucky and Georgia, and tornado warnings were issued for parts of Tennessee and South Carolina.

In northeast Mississippi, the National Weather Service deployed storm survey teams to assess damage in Calhoun, Pontotoc, Itawamba and Lee Counties after reports of tornadoes that struck between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time Sunday.

Late Sunday, the Calhoun County sheriff, Greg Pollan, said on Facebook that storms in Calhoun City, about 140 miles northeast of Jackson, had damaged several businesses and snapped utility poles. Trees had fallen onto a few homes and vehicles, he said.

“The town of Calhoun City was hit hard tonight,” Sheriff Pollan said, urging residents to stay off the roads. “Emergency personnel are working feverishly to open the roads as quickly as possible.”

As dawn broke over Calhoun County, the Sheriff’s Office got a look at the damage in the daylight and posted images and video on Facebook of the destruction, such as uprooted trees and buildings without roofs.

Damage was also reported in Itawamba County in northeast Mississippi, by the border with Alabama, where the Sheriff’s Office late on Sunday urged residents to stay home to keep the roads clear for emergency and utility vehicles.

In Yazoo County, Miss., about 40 miles northwest of Jackson, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said it was assessing reports of damage that had come in early Monday morning.

Severe weather rolled into Georgia early Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning around 10:20 a.m. for portions of the state, including downtown Atlanta, after weather radars indicated that a tornado had developed.

Minutes after the warning was issued, the Weather Service received confirmed reports of a tornado in the area.

“Please take shelter if you are in the path of this storm,” the Weather Service said on Twitter.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta shared images on Twitter of storm damage — mostly downed trees — in her neighborhood.

“Not sure if this was a direct hit, but several neighbors have said it sounded like a freight train coming through,” Ms. Lance Bottoms wrote.

Tornado warnings were issued in portions of Tennessee early on Monday. The first was issued just before 5 a.m. local time for areas in and around Culleoka, about 56 miles south of Nashville. No damage was immediately reported in the area.

A tornado watch — meaning tornadoes were possible — was in effect for portions of Georgia and Alabama until 4 p.m. local time.

The Weather Service office in Atlanta cautioned that a couple of strong tornadoes were possible, as was hail as large as Ping-Pong balls and wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour.

The unsettled weather continued into Monday afternoon, when tornado warnings were issued for parts of North Carolina and South Carolina around 1:30 p.m.

Around 2:30 p.m. local time, the Weather Service urged residents in and around Lowndesville, S.C., to take cover after confirming that a tornado had touched down in the area.

Much of South Carolina and parts of North Carolina were under a tornado watch until 7 p.m. Monday.

In Kentucky, the Weather Service said it had deployed a storm survey team to assess damage in Tompkinsville, about 125 miles south of Louisville, where there were reports of tornado damage.

Video footage circulating on social media on Monday morning showed a possible tornado tossing debris into the air. Other images showed uprooted trees and damage to roofs.




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