MEMA: Weather causes damage in numerous counties

From Media Reports

JACKSON – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says severe weather caused damage in at least 10 counties as storms moved through parts of the state Monday afternoon.

MEMA said damage was reported to homes in Grenada, Itawamba, Lowndes, Tallahatchie and Union counties. There were reports of downed trees in several other counties.

There were also reports of

high winds lifting at least two semi-tractor trailers into the air, with one left dangling over a highway in Lee County.

National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Weber in Jackson says there were a few super cells in central Mississippi. She says there were reports of hail up to baseball size in Clinton. There were multiple reports of smaller hail around the Jackson metro area, the Associated Press reported.

Weber said a severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for parts of central Mississippi until 9 p.m.

MEMA said the forecast called for the chance of damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes.

This is the second time in less than a week that severe weather has pounded parts of the Magnolia State. Last Thursday, strong winds and large hail sent firefighters on at least two calls after people were hit in the head with chunks of ice.

Clinton Fire Department Deputy Chief Tim Shanks said firefighters responded to calls of two people hit by hail. He said crews were on scene and he didn’t know the severity of the injuries.

Shanks says baseball-sized hail hit at least two of Clinton’s fire stations, breaking windows in several vehicles.

Hail was also reported around the Jackson metro area.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency sais homes were damaged in at least five counties from that storm.

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