Tupelo, Mississippi was hit directly by a large tornado at night

Captured shortly before the 10 pm CDT on Sunday, May 2, 2021, this radar image shows that a tornado warning thunderstorm is tracking towards Tupelo, Mississippi. (AccuWeather)

Nearly 100,000 Mississippi residents Tornado emergency A large, confirmed and destructive tornado struck the area on Sunday night, including the city of Tupelo.

The situation is particularly dangerous and life-threatening, as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a disastrous warning to the city of Tupelo and confirmed that a tornado had occurred towards the city shortly before 10 pm CST. Said.

A tornado emergency can occur when a large, destructive tornado is on the ground for an extended period of time and is approaching a densely populated area.

“At 952 pm CST, a confirmed large and destructive tornado was observed moving northeast over Tupelo at 45 mph. Tupelo’s tornado emergency. This is a particularly dangerous situation. Please cover it now, “said the NWS warning.

Local law enforcement agencies Extensive housing damage reported Around the Elvis Presley Museum area in Tupelo, fallen trees and power lines. Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Around the town’s Highway 151 area, local media reported that the roof had been torn from the apartment building.

The mayor’s office of the city of Tupelo issued a statement on Facebook on Sunday night, stating that the damage had been reported throughout the city.

“Currently, emergency services are assessing the extent of damage. Do not go outside and drive. It is dangerous. There are reports that power lines are down on the road. We will notify you as soon as the extent of damage is known. Pray that everything is safe, and keep our crew and first responders in your prayers. ” statement Said.

Forecasters noticed a “debris ball” sign on the radar as the storm rushed towards Tupelo. This indicates that the debris was picked up by a strong tornado and lifted high into the atmosphere.

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In addition to the seriousness of the situation, there was a tornado timing. At night, the tornado becomes very hard to see.

“Night tornadoes are more common than anywhere else in the United States in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Doll.

Mississippi Department of Transportation camera screen capture Interstate 22 of the Veterans Memorial Bridge It showed something that looked like a flash of lightning, or perhaps a large tornado illuminated only by a power flash.

Tupelo wasn’t the only one in Mississippi to endure a tornado on Sunday. NWS Storm Forecast Center In addition to one Louisiana tornado, a total of about 12 tornadoes have been tentatively reported in the state.

NWS investigators will examine the extent and severity of the damage to determine the exact strength, width, and path length of each tornado over the next few days.

Meanwhile, the forecaster has more rounds bad weather Expected in parts of the southern United States.

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