Possible tornadoes strike parts of Mississippi, Louisiana

Rankin County, Mississippi | Source: WLBT

Central Mississippians are cleaning up after overnight storms.

Posted: Nov 27, 2019 2:04 PM
Updated: Nov 27, 2019 2:05 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents in northeast Louisiana and central Mississippi were cutting up fallen pine trees and assessing damage Wednesday after apparent tornadoes hit the region.

Officials in Mississippi said eight to 10 houses were damaged in Star, a fringe suburb southeast of Jackson. Trees for a time blocked U.S. 49, a major highway.


Rankin County, Mississippi | Source: WLBT

Rankin County, Mississippi | Source: WLBT

Damage was also reported from an earlier storm near Baskin, Louisiana, a rural town southeast of Monroe.

No injuries were reported in Mississippi. Initial National Weather Service reports show two people injured when a mobile home flipped in Baskin.

“We were blessed not to have injuries,” tweeted Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who added it’s “still a difficult time for these families.”

Star resident Cameron Knight told WAPT-TV he was driving home when the wind picked up and started blowing his truck around. Knight said his brother called him crying.

“I was just hoping everyone was OK,” Knight said. “Debris was going everywhere. When I pulled up, we had a tree down in our driveway that barely missed our house, but it did hit my mom’s car and my brother’s car.”

Knight said his father's two classic Mustangs were heavily damaged by the tornado.

Baskin resident Betsy Wood told KTVE-TV she and her relatives huddled together and prayed, saying she told someone: “We’re fixing to get blowed away.”

“You could hear stuff hitting the house and scattering all around,” said Wood. Her house wasn’t seriously damaged, although several outbuildings were destroyed.

Weather Service meteorologist Dan Byrd said surveyors were assessing damage Wednesday in those and other locations. A second tornado is suspected in Smith County east of Star, but officials reported no structure damage Wednesday morning.

Byrd said tornadoes around Thanksgiving in Mississippi and Louisiana are not unusual. November is among the most active months for twisters in the region.

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