Tornadoes rip across Mississippi: Destructive storms cause ‘life threatening situation’ in Tupelo

Multiple hurricanes ripped through Mississippi on Sunday, blowing up the roofs of houses, cutting down trees and cutting power lines in the city of Tupelo and elsewhere.

Images shared on social media showed trees pulled from their roots by the massive twister, moving at 45 mph, which also left a Tupelo gas station in tatters.

Shots captured by residents revealed the size of the cloud tunnel, which reduced nearby houses and created high winds that shook streetlights.

“Emergency services are currently assessing the extent of damage,” the mayor’s office said in a statement on Facebook urging people to stay at home.

Please don’t go and drive. It’s dangerous – there are reports that there are power lines in the roads, ”he said.

The tornado can be seen in images taken in Tupelo on Sunday

The huge cloud swirls behind some houses as sirens wail in the background

A video shared on social media showed the massive tornado swirling menacingly behind some homes in Tupelo as sirens wailed in the background

A devastating tornado ripped through Tupelo, Mississippi on Sunday, blowing roofs off houses, cutting down trees and cutting power lines

A devastating tornado ripped through Tupelo, Mississippi on Sunday, blowing roofs off houses, cutting down trees and cutting power lines

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but images shared on social media showed extensive damage, including to this gas station

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but images shared on social media showed extensive damage, including to this gas station

Damage to a building and some trees is seen on Front Street and Rea Street in Tupelo on Sunday

Damage to a building and some trees is seen on Front Street and Rea Street in Tupelo on Sunday

“Prayers for everyone to be safe, and please keep our crews and first responders in your prayers too.”

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but images shared on social media showed extensive damage to homes and power lines in Tupelo, where debris flooded the streets.

Tupelo Middle School suffered some damage, as did a gas station, which was in ruins in an image shared on Twitter.

“This is a life-threatening situation,” the National Weather Service (NWS) writes on Twitter.

“Please hide in the Tupelo area.”

An NWS warning issued shortly before 10 p.m. said the tornado had headed northeast at 45 mph.

Residents have been urged to stay in their homes while emergency services assess the damage.  Several trees and power lines were affected by the storm

Residents have been urged to stay in their homes while emergency services assess the damage. Several trees and power lines were affected by the storm

Tupelo Middle School (pictured) suffered some damage when the tornado swept through town on Sunday

Tupelo Middle School (pictured) suffered some damage when the tornado swept through town on Sunday

Images shared on Twitter showed the massive twister swirling behind some houses as sirens wailed in the background.

Another video, which appears to be security camera footage of the town’s main street, showed a streetlamp and trees plagued by high winds and rain as debris blown across the road.

Local media reported extensive damage around the Elvis Presley Museum Area in Tupelo, Presley’s hometown. It is not clear whether the museum itself suffered any damage.

High winds from the tornado damaged buildings and felled trees in the city, where rescuers estimate the extent of the damage

High winds from the tornado damaged buildings and felled trees in the city, where rescuers estimate the extent of the damage

A fallen power line in Tupelo after a tornado ripped through town on Sunday afternoon and evening

A fallen power line in Tupelo after a tornado ripped through town on Sunday afternoon and evening

In the forthcoming says, the organization's investigation teams will investigate the damage to determine the exact strength, width and path length of each of the tornadoes, AccuWeather reported.  Pictured: fallen trees in Tupelo

In the forthcoming says, the organization’s investigation teams will investigate the damage to determine the exact strength, width and path length of each of the tornadoes, AccuWeather reported. Pictured: fallen trees in Tupelo

Multiple tornadoes were reported all over Mississippi as a series of severe storms rolled through the state on Sunday afternoon into the night hours.  Pictured: damage in Tupelo

Multiple tornadoes were reported all over Mississippi as a series of severe storms rolled through the state on Sunday afternoon into the night hours. Pictured: damage in Tupelo

Tupelo resident Tyquan Wofford told WTVA he was playing video games when the tornado arrived.

Mommy said it was a tornado getting ready to get through, ”the 17-year-old said.

Then all I heard was a tornado siren. And then I just heard “roof, roof, roof,” and then I heard boom, boom, boom, boom.

‘I didn’t know what was going on. I walked out and I saw trees down and things. ‘

Multiple tornadoes were reported all over Mississippi as a series of severe storms rolled through the state on Sunday afternoon into the night hours.

Active tornado warnings remained in effect on Sunday evenings.

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 on homes and vehicles, but there were no reports of injuries.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center said 19 tornadoes had been detected in Mississippi on Sunday, including one in Louisiana.

In the near future, research teams from the organization will investigate the damage to determine the exact strength, width and path length of each of the tornadoes, AccuWeather reported.

A video, which appears to be security camera footage of the town's main street, showed a street lamp and trees ravaged by high winds and rain as debris blown over the road

A video, which appears to be security camera footage of the town’s main street, showed a street lamp and trees ravaged by high winds and rain as debris blown over the road

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