At least 2 tornadoes touched down in Mid-South Thursday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

At least 2 tornadoes touched down in Mid-South Thursday

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - At least two confirmed tornadoes ripped through heavily-populated areas of the Mid-South Thursday evening.

One confirmed tornado, 250 yards wide with winds reaching 80 to 90 miles an hour, touched down in the busy Wolfchase shopping area.

It caused an 18-wheeler to flip onto its side, and blew away one-third of a Kohl's store and the entire front of a bank.  

Parking lots were left littered with broken glass and other debris.

In the nearby Rock Creek Parkway residential area, strong winds damaged cars and homes and uprooted trees.

A second, even larger tornado touched down in nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi, where it ripped off roofs in the Bethel Park subdivision.

Altogether, 50 homes were damaged and 8 were destroyed in the Northern Mississippi city.

A shelter for storm victims has been set up at Longview Heights Baptist Church on Goodman Road.

Flooding was reported outside city hall in downtown Memphis, where Mayor Willie Herenton held a reception to mark his final day in office.

While thousands of Mid-Southerners lost power, trees toppled and multiple car accidents were reported, no one was seriously injured in Thursday's storms.

Due to the weather, a Toby Keith and Trace Adkins concert scheduled for Snowden Grove in Southaven has been postponed until September 16.

If you have pictures or video of today’s storm, please email them to my5@wmctv.com


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