January Tornado Rips Through Mississippi

As a large section of the country prepares for a deep freeze starting later today, the deep South was ravaged by tornadoes yesterday. The severe storms heavily damaged trees, power lines and mobile homes in Mississippi. Other areas cowered as tornado watches and warnings were issued for a large area of the South, including parts of Louisiana and Alabama.

No injuries were ultimately reported in Mississippi yesterday. However, four mobile homes were pummeled in Rose Hill according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Over seven counties ended up reporting damage caused by the severe storms, damage that included power lines being knocked down and several instances of flooding. Two houses reportedly started on fire northwest of Hattiesburg as a result of the storms.

The tornadoes in Mississippi touched down in two different areas according to the National Weather Service. The first one was in the aforementioned town of Rose Hill. The second, on the eastern edge of Mississippi, was in Lauderdale County. In addition to Mississippi, tornado watches were declared for parts of Louisiana. Yesterday evening, officials were investigating if weather damage reported in Eastern Monroe County in Alabama was actually caused by a tornado.

The report of tornadoes in the deep South seems strange for northerners who are about to endure some of the coldest temperatures yet for the winter. Highs in the upper Midwest this week won’t reach the above freezing mark while freezing rain is expected to batter New England starting Sunday morning.

Mississippi, however, is no stranger to tornadoes in January. In 2013, Mississippi endured five major twisters in the first month of the year. Over the last decade, the state has been hit by hundreds of tornadoes in just the month of January alone according to the National Weather Service.

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