UPDATED: 11 TORNADOES CONFIRMED ACROSS MISSISSIPPI
New Year’s Eve celebrations were ruined across much of Mississippi as many had to prepare for and dodge an outbreak of severe weather that produced tornadoes, damaging winds and flash flooding across the state.
Possible tornadoes are believed to have hit parts of at least nine counties across the state Friday evening into early Saturday morning including in Hinds, Rankin, Attala, Oktibbeha, Warren, Neshoba, Holmes, Noxubee and Kemper.
Widespread damage was confirmed from a likely tornado that tracked across the Jackson metro area late Friday afternoon, closing down roads and forcing evacuations.
Another likely tornado downed and uprooted numerous trees and power lines in Attala County just after midnight Friday night, while severely damaging or destroying up to 10 homes with several vehicles damaged. Two people were reportedly injured by this tornado.
An apartment building was damaged and the roof was blown off a strip mall with power lines blown down in the Starkville area in Oktibbeha County.
Other major tornado damage occurred in Noxubee County, where a Dairy Farm was severely damaged with most of the buildings destroyed along with a mobile home. One person was reported injured by this likely tornado.
NWS to survey damage
The Jackson National Weather Service announced they are sending three survey teams out to look at the damage reported across the state to confirm whether the damage is from actual tornadoes or from straight-lined winds.
The storm surveys are expected to take several days due to the widespread nature of the damage across the state.
Flash Flooding Problems
Apart from the tornado damage, flash flooding from excessive rainfall wreck havoc across the state.
Multiple vehicles stalled or were trapped on flooded roadways across Hinds and Rankin County as a rotating thunderstorm moved across the Jackson metro area late Friday afternoon. Many roads were temporarily shutdown as a result.
In Montgomery County, several streets were flooded across the city of Winona with many cars inundated with high water from the excessive rainfall late Friday evening.
Several residents had to be temporarily evacuated due to excessive rainfall in Scott County early Saturday morning.
Roads were also temporarily reported under water in Holmes, Yazoo, Madison, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Neshoba, Neshoba and Webster Counties due to the excessive rainfall.