Washington: One killed in Tornado and heavy storms in Southern US, official says. Forecasters warned of a “particularly dangerous situation” as a storm system packing strong winds and heavy rain slammed the nation’s mid-section Wednesday, and officials said they feared Christmas yard decorations would become projectiles.
A tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing an 18-year-old woman and trapping a 1-year-old child inside, authorities said. Rescuers pulled the toddler safely from the home.
A tornado touched down in northwest Mississippi, said Jim Belles, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee.
“We’re tracking a very large tornado,” Belles said. “We’re hearing reports of some damage in parts of Coahoma County and reports of injuries, but we can’t confirm any injuries.”
Interstate 55 was closed in both directions as the tornado approached, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said.