Unconfirmed tornadoes reported in Alcorn and Union counties, MS - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Unconfirmed tornadoes reported in Alcorn and Union counties, MS

The National Weather Service says unconfirmed tornadoes were reported in Alcorn and Union counties Friday destroying at least 15 homes, 10 mobile homes and two businesses in Union County.

There were no reports of storm-related deaths in Mississippi.

Officials say about 4,500 Northeast Mississippi Electric Power Association customers Saturday were without power and two emergency shelters had opened in Myrtle.

A statement from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says MEMA Director Mike Womack, Republican Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, Democratic state Sen. Nickey Browning, from Pontotoc, and local officials toured the damaged areas in Union County.

Storm damage was detailed in the statement as follows: in Coahoma County, one home was destroyed, one business had roof damage and 12 apartments had water damage; in Grenada County, several roads were flooded, but are now cleared; in Panola County, six homes had major damage and downed trees were reported; in Prentiss County, two homes, a business, five agricultural buildings and two roads had minor damage while two mobile homes were damaged; in Union County at least 10 mobile homes, 15 homes, two businesses and 10 agricultural buildings were destroyed and 25 homes suffered major damage.

Violent storms in Arkansas are being blamed for at least seven deaths and damage to hundreds of homes. Arkansas's governor has declared 11 counties disaster areas.

Officials say penny- to nickel-size hail and damaging winds across Mississippi and Louisiana resulted in downed trees, power lines and other damage.            

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