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DEVELOPING STORY: There are reports of widespread damage and destruction after a wedge tornado hit Tupelo, Mississippi. We will update this story throughout the night.
UPDATE: Tupelo City Hall issued the following statement: Damage has been reported in the City of Tupelo. Emergency crews are currently assessing the degree of damage. Please do not get out and drive. It is dangerous—-there are reports that power lines are down in the roads. We will update you as soon as we know the extent of damage. Prayers that all are safe, and please keep our crews and first responders in your prayers also.
SHOCKING: Image of devastating damage to a gas station in Tupelo. Pray no one was at the gas station when the torndo hit!— CA Weather (FIRE SEASON 2021 ?) (@californiawx) May 3, 2021
Image: Michelle Kendall pic.twitter.com/rz9oAkYVRl
Tornado emergency for Tupelo! This is a life threatening situation!Take cover now! #mswx pic.twitter.com/XsqJ9fLwGP— NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) May 3, 2021
TORNADO EMERGENCY for Tupelo. MDOT cam showing tornatic winds pic.twitter.com/MlW3mdrQAk— Will Day (@wx2day) May 3, 2021
Tornado Emergency for Tupelo, Mississippi.— Justin Merritt (@Jmerritt473) May 3, 2021
Caught this photo from the traffic cams just east of the downtown area. #Tornado #TornadoEmergency #Mississippi pic.twitter.com/DbACulZ9Zp
Tornado footage from Downtown Tupelo, via @MississippiDOT#mswx | @WTVAWeather pic.twitter.com/bF07Jb68AD— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) May 3, 2021
All clear. But damage in Tupelo pic.twitter.com/o8VmOLZpe6— Brock Dulaney (@palokuku) May 3, 2021
Video from snapmaps in Tupelo, MS. As the tornado was approaching. Really hope they got to shelter pic.twitter.com/1NGMLZGQpG— Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith_wx) May 3, 2021