A "large and destructive" tornado ripped across northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama late Tuesday afternoon, reportedly causing injuries and damage in the town of Tishomingo, Mississippi, near the Alabama state line.
A Dollar General store was destroyed in Tishomingo, the Weather Channel said. Tishomingo police chief Mike Kemp told WTVA-TV that some minor injuries had been reported.
The National Weather Service in Memphis confirmed the tornado moved through shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time.
Weather Service meteorologist Mike Johnson said there were reports of widespread tree damage and some structural damage in the area.
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After going through Tishomingo, the tornado crossed the border into northern Alabama, AccuWeather said, prompting the weather service to issue an extremely rare "tornado emergency."
Drier conditions – and no threat of severe weather – was in the forecast for Wednesday, AccuWeather said.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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