TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The City of Tupelo may review its storm shelter policy after severe storms swept through the city Sunday night.
Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis said the city normally opens its public shelters when a Tornado Watch is issued for Lee County. However, he said the National Weather Service did not issue a Tornado Watch Sunday night.
Parks and Recreation Director Alex Farned said some individuals were waiting outside the shelters at Joyner School and Theron Nichols Park when someone arrived to unlock the shelters.
Both men said school personnel unlocked the shelters located at schools.
The National Weather Service usually issues Tornado Watches prior to Tornado Warnings.
A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. This gives the public time to prepare.
A Tornado Warning is when the public is to seek shelter immediately. This means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
The NWS issued a Tornado Watch at approximately 4:45 p.m. Sunday for most of central Mississippi, and portions of Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. The Watch was to expire at 10 p.m.
The Watch did not include Lee County. Lee County was placed under a Tornado Warning at approximately 9:13 p.m.