Multiple hurricanes ripped through Mississippi on Sunday, blowing the roofs off homes, felling trees and tearing down power lines in the city of Tupelo and elsewhere.
Images shared on social media showed trees pulled out from their roots by the enormous twister, which also left a Tupelo gas station in tatters.
Footage captured by residents revealed the size of the cloud tunnel, which dwarfed nearby homes and brought high winds that shook street lights.
‘Emergency crews are currently assessing the degree of damage,’ the mayor’s office said in a statement on Facebook, urging people to stay in their homes.
‘Please do not get out and drive. It is dangerous – there are reports that power lines are down in the roads,’ it said.
‘Prayers that all are safe, and please keep our crews and first responders in your prayers also.’
There were no immediate reports of injuries but images shared on social media showed extensive damage to homes and power lines in Tupelo, where the streets were swamped with debris.
Tupelo Middle School sustained some damage, as well as a gas station, which was seen lying in ruins in an image shared on Twitter.
‘This is a life-threatening situation,’ the National Weather Service wrote on Twitter.
‘Please take shelter in the Tupelo area.’
Footage shared on Twitter showed the enormous twister swirling behind some homes as sirens wailed in the background.
Another video, which appears to be security camera footage from the city’s Main Street, showed a streetlight and trees being buffeted by high winds and rain as debris was blown across the road.
Multiple tornadoes were reported across Mississippi as a line of severe storms rolled through the state on Sunday afternoon and into the nighttime hours.
Active tornado warnings remained in place on Sunday night.
News outlets also reported tornadoes near Yazoo City, Byram and Tchula earlier in the day.
The town of Calhoun City, about 50 miles southwest of Tupelo, also suffered damage from the tornadoes.
CNN reported that several trees had fallen onto homes and vehicles but there were no reports of injuries.
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