Large Tornado Touches Down In Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (April 28, 2014) A large tornado damaged homes and downed trees and power lines Monday afternoon around the northern Mississippi city of Tupelo.

Don Lewis, chief operations officer for the city, says there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Damages were reported in several neighborhoods north of the city and emergency crews spread out to aid residents with recovery, he said.

Home damage and downed trees were reported as well in areas of western Tupelo.

Forecasters say the tornado was spawned by a severe storm front sweeping across the northern part of the state.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in advance of expected storms that forecasters warn could trigger tornadoes, heavy downpours, damaging hail and flash floods.

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