Dramatic footage captured the moment a tornado swept through central Mississippi, causing flash floods and leaving 34,000 homes without power.
A video posted to social media shows a tornado making its way through Pelahatchie, Rankin County on Friday night as a tornado siren sounds in the background to warn local residents.
Another tornado was reported near McClain Lodge in Brandon, as severe storms also caused hail, high winds and flash floods in the central and northern state.
At least two houses have been destroyed but no injuries have yet been reported.
Dramatic footage captured the moment a tornado swept through central Mississippi, causing flash flooding and leaving 34,000 homes without power
Video posted to social media shows a tornado making its way through Pelahatchie, Rankin County, late Friday night, as a tornado siren sounds in the background
Trees and power lines collapsed on a mobile home in Lake Harbor around 9:30 p.m. Friday as a storm swept through the area, WBLT3 reported.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey reported another downed tree in the Castlewoods neighborhood, as inclement weather led to the cancellation of a planned event at the Brandon Amphitheater.
It happened just after the roof of a house on Brecon Drive in northeast Jackson collapsed in what one witness described as “easily the scariest moment of my life.”
Residents of Jackson and Brandon have faced flash flooding and the Jackson National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for several areas, including McLaurin, Purvis, Lamar County, Palmers Crossing and McCallum on Friday evening.
Nearby areas were also subject to warnings of severe thunderstorms and flash floods.
A total of 14 counties in Mississippi were under storm watch as of 10:30 p.m., including Forrest, Lamar, Jones, Covington, Marion, Jefferson Davis, Perry, Lawrence, Lincoln, Wayne, Greene, Adams, Franklin and Jefferson counties.
Authorities, especially in Forrest and Lamar counties, have opened safe rooms and shelters in anticipation of the storms.
A tornado is seen passing through Rankin County. Trees and power lines collapsed on a mobile home in Lake Harbor on Friday evening
The severe storms also caused hail, high winds and flash floods in the central and northern part of the state.
The inclement weather caused widespread blackouts to homes and businesses in the affected areas.
As of 11:30 p.m. local time, more than 11,000 residents were without power. By 7:30 a.m., that number had risen to 34,000, according to poweroutage.us.
The tornado watch remained in place for parts of the Mississippi, including the Pine Belt, until 7 a.m. Saturday, as well as parts of Louisiana.
The NWS updated its advisory at 5:45 a.m., announcing on Twitter that the threat of severe weather was over, but calling for caution due to persistent flooding.
Tornado warnings were issued for areas such as McLaurin, Purvis, Lamar County, Palmers Crossing and McCallum on Friday evening.
The NWS updated its advisory at 5:45 a.m., announcing on Twitter that the threat of severe weather was over but urging caution due to persistent flooding.
“The threat of severe weather has ended in our area and the latest wave of rain is disappearing,” tweeted NWS Jackson MS.
“If you venture out this morning, stay alert in areas where flooding persists. And remember #TurnAroundDontDrown! ‘
The NWS will monitor the extent of the damage this weekend to determine the strength of the tornado and wind speed.
The latest episode of severe weather comes just two weeks after a stream of tornadoes and storms hit the Deep South, killing at least seven people in March.
As Alabama and Georgia were hit hardest, a 62-year-old Mississippi woman, Ester Jarrell, died when a large tree fell on her mobile home in Wilkinson County.