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Tupelo Tornado: A large and destructive tornado has been touched down in Tupelo, Mississippi.



The National Weather Service in Memphis posted a tweet warning people to take shelter as a devastating tornado ripped through the city.

The mayor’s office warned residents to stay home after the tornado so the crew could assess the damage.

“Please don’t drive. It’s dangerous – power lines are reportedly broken in the middle of the road,” said a post on the Tupelo mayor’s office Facebook page. “A prayer for everyone to be safe and to please our team and first responders in your prayers.”
An active tornado warning was issued Sunday night for Mississippi, the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation ambassador said on Twitter.
Calhoun City, 50 miles southwest of Tupelo, was also hit by a similar tornado, Sheriff Greg Pollan wrote in a post on the Calhoun County MS Sheriff Facebook page.

“Calhoun City was hit hard tonight, light poles were broken, trees in a few homes, trees on vehicles, damaged many businesses. Fortunately, we have no reports of injuries at this time,” the post. “We ask you to stay off the road right now, emergency workers are working urgently to open the road as soon as possible.”

On Sunday, another devastating tornado touched the city of Yasu, 170 miles southwest of Tupelo, as part of a storm that swept across the southeast.

“We don’t have any reports of injuries, but there are a lot of damaged structures,” Jack Willingham, Yazoo County’s director of emergency management, told CNN in an email.

This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

CNN’s Chris Boyette contributed to this report.




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