HATLEY, Miss. (WTVA) - People surveyed the damage on Wednesday after storms barreled through Monroe County overnight.
The weather system caused damage to several buildings, such as a home across the street from Hatley School.
A lot of damage occurred on nearby Weaver Creek Drive. Residents said they did not have much time to react.
"We saw the tornado coming and I yelled to go get the babies," Elisa Petty said.
She said a family member opened a back door and saw a tornado.
"There was no time; it was here and gone in a matter of seconds."
Sanford Tubb, who lives a few houses down on Weaver Creek, said he woke up to the sound of the storm.
"It started roaring, whistling, and I just started praying," he said.
Both said after the storm passed, they heard the storm sirens.
Tubb said he has experienced a few tornados in his life but this one was different.
"The other ones [previous tornados] I saw," he said. "This one I just heard it. But I knew what it was by the sound."
Petty is confident her home will be repaired.
"It should be," she added. "One step at a time — that's how we will have to do it, one step at a time."
The National Weather Service dispatched a survey team to determine what officially caused the damage.
Those reports are expected Wednesday night or Thursday.