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March 22, 2022

Tuesday Severe Weather Update: Central Mississippi threat mostly clear

Nicole McCardle

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UPDATES BY: NICOLE McCARDLE AND THERESE APEL

5:45 P.M. UPDATE

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus released photos of storm damage:

5:00 P.M. UPDATE

A trucker from Knoxville captured photos of what looks like a tornado on the ground in West Point, and a WTOK viewer sent them video of an apparent tornado in Lauderdale County. WLBT also reports damage to Wilson’s Meat House in Crystal Springs. (See below posts)

4:45 P.M. UPDATE:

There are still tornado warnings for Jasper and Newton Counties until 5:30 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service Jackson, central Mississippi is through the tornado threats, with the main threat now being heavy rain and flash flooding.

NWS Meteorologist Nicholas Price said damage reports continue to come in from around the state, primarily downed trees

“We’ve been getting a lot in Hinds, a few in Ridgeland,” he said.

But there have also been reports of structural damage in central Mississippi. Price said Holmes Community College in Goodman had reports of a roof being ripped off, and Mississippi State University had a large tree that fell and reportedly broke several power poles as well.

3:15 P.M. UPDATE

Tornado Warning in effect for Ittawamba Co, Monroe Co. until 3:45

A tornado producing storm was located 7 miles NW of Kolola Springs, or 7 miles northwest of Columbus Air Force Base, and is moving Northeast at 55mpg. Radar confirmed.  tornado producing storm was located 7 miles northwest of Kolola Springs, or 7 miles northwest of Columbus AFB, moving northeast at 55 mph. HAZARD…Damaging tornado. SOURCE…Radar confirmed tornado.

3:00 P.M. UPDATE: 

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Oktibbeha County, Clay County, and Lowndes County.

Tornado on the ground – radar confirmed – in Clay County crossing into Monroe County.

 

2:45 P.M. UPDATE:

2:45 P.M. UPDATE:

A tornado is on the ground near Dekalb, according to meteorologist Ryan Hall of Ryan Hall, Y’all.

In Jackson:

In Ridgeland:

2 P.M. UPDATE:

Tornado Warning issued for Newton, Smith, and Simpson Counties until 3 p.m.

1:45 PM UPDATE:

In Ridgeland, a power line fell down on top of a Fed Ex truck and the driver is currently trapped inside as responders wait on Entergy to cut power to the line. Police say the driver is unhurt, but can’t exit the truck yet.

Chief John Neal said the driver was delivering a package to a home on Rolling Meadows when the power line fell. Temporarily, a police car was also affected by the power line, but was able to get free.

Otherwise, Neal reports trees down in Ridgeland but only one so far has crossed a road. It has been cleared.

In Brandon:

1:30 PM UPDATE:

There are reports of trees down throughout the storm-affected area. Numerous wrecks have also been reported.

1PM UPDATE:

Currently there are tornado warnings for Leake County, Scott County, Simpson County, Copiah County, Hinds County, and Rankin County in and around the metro area.

ORIGINAL POST:

3/22/22, Update: 11:30

Therese Apel speaks with Rankin County Emergency Operations Director, Mike Word, about what to expect in the upcoming hours. Damaging winds, spin-up tornados, and powerful rain is expected. Authorities recommend the public to take cover, and have a exit plan ready to go.

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