MIssissippi tornado News

Tornadoes Damage Mississippi, Alabama Communities

Tornadoes touched down in Mississippi and Alabama as thunderstorms swept through the area Tuesday, while a powerful snowstorm buried parts of Colorado and Nebraska in more than a foot of snow before crawling into the Upper Midwest. Greg Flynn, spokesman …

Tornadoes, Heavy Rain Cause Damage in 10 Mississippi Counties

At least two tornadoes and heavy rainstorms in Mississippi destroyed a mobile home, partially tore a roof off a house, and left a truck driver injured after he drove into a downed tree, state officials said Wednesday. National Weather Service …

Clean Up Underway for Mississippi County Hit by Tornado

A little more than four years after a powerful tornado destroyed most of Smithville, Miss., Monroe County residents are cleaning up from another twister. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza said no one was killed or injured …

Sales of Storm Shelters Surge in Mississippi

Before April 28, two suppliers of storm shelters reported an average of four to 10 orders a month in 2014. They say that since then they’ve each sold more than 100 and that it could be several months before they …

Mississippi Approves $17M for Tornado Recovery

The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session Thursday approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became …

Mississippi to Hold Special Session to Address Tornado Costs

Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting Thursday to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said Tuesday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up …

Mississippi Gov. Bryant Eyes Special Session on Tornado Damage

Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs. Speaking in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match …

Some In Tupelo Say Warning Sirens Never Sounded Before Tornado

Some people in Tupelo are saying that warning sirens failed to sound before a tornado struck the city Monday afternoon. Resident LaShona Jamison, who has a siren in her backyard, told WTVA-TV that the siren never activated. “It never went …

Mississippi County Hit by Tornado Faces Challenge of Starting Over

Rescuers were still looking for people missing after Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding …

Mississippi Tornado Was Rated EF-4, Says Weather Service

The National Weather Service said the tornado that hit the Louisville, Miss., area Monday night has a preliminary rating of EF-4. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss., confirmed the rating. An EF-4 rating means the …