- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in Mississippi (all times local):

9:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Jackson says it’s counted six confirmed tornadoes so far in the areas of the state it monitors.

Eric Carpenter, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Jackson office responsible for central Mississippi, says they will be sending out teams Wednesday to survey the damage.

He says one tornado extended from eastern Rankin to Scott County. One stretched from Winston to Noxubee County. Others touched down in Noxubee, Oktibveha, Lowndes and Clay counties.

He says some major roof damage was reported to homes but so far that appeared to be the worst of the damage.

Greg Flynn, from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, says so far no injuries have been reported.


7:30 p.m.

At least four Mississippi counties are reporting damage after severe weather swept across the state.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that homes were damaged in Grenada, Scott and Winston counties and there are reports of widespread power outages in Calhoun.

No injuries are being reported.

State officials say residents need to remain alert as a second round of severe storms are forecast to move through the state later Tuesday.


4:45 p.m.

Officials say a tornado has been spotted on the ground northeast of Jackson, headed toward Leake County.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials say they haven’t received any reports of damages.

Tornado warnings were also issued for two storms in north central Mississippi, one northeast of Grenada and one moving east from Vaiden.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Bryant says observers are reporting baseball- and golf ball-sized hail hitting central and north Mississippi as several powerful storms move across the state Tuesday.

Bryant says hail that large, while not rare in Mississippi, is more common on the Great Plains.

Thunderstorms began moving across Mississippi early Tuesday afternoon and much of the state is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Bryant says Mississippi faces a severe weather threat “well into the night.”

2:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service is warning that much of Mississippi has a “significant” risk of tornadoes from sunset Tuesday to dawn Wednesday.

Forecasters are also warning that storms could produce hail and straight-line winds above 60 mph.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is warning people to monitor weather alerts and for mobile home residents to spend the night somewhere else.

Thunderstorms began moving into the western part of the state at midday Tuesday, with hail reported at Alcorn State University and in Port Gibson.

Chances of bad weather are lower in the northern Mississippi Delta and along the Gulf Coast.

Monday, windy storms downed trees across the state, producing isolated damage. More than an inch of rain fell throughout northern parts of Mississippi, peaking at nearly 3 inches in Meridian.


10 a.m.

A Yazoo County town is trying to figure out how to rebuild its town hall after a tree plunged through the roof during Monday’s storms.

Eden Mayor Lekisha Hogan says she and City Clerk Sarah Taylor were inside Monday afternoon when Taylor heard a tree crack. Seconds later, a branch speared through the ceiling.

Hogan says the 126-resident town doesn’t have property insurance and has little income except from water sales. She says she’s seeking assistance, as well as temporary quarters.

Scattered damage was reported in 25 counties, including roofs blown off houses in Nanih Waiya and an apartment complex in Columbus.

More than an inch of rain fell throughout northern parts of Mississippi, peaking at nearly 3 inches in Meridian.

Rain and possible severe weather are expected Tuesday and Wednesday.

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