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Tornado rips across Mississippi and Alabama

A “large and destructive” tornado ripped across northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama late Tuesday afternoon, reportedly causing injuries and damage in the town of Tishomingo, Mississippi, near the Alabama state line.

A Dollar General store was destroyed in Tishomingo, the Weather Channel said. Tishomingo police chief Mike Kemp told WTVA-TV that some minor injuries had been reported.

The National Weather Service in Memphis confirmed the tornado moved through shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time.

Weather Service meteorologist Mike Johnson said there were reports of widespread tree damage and some structural damage in the area.

After going through Tishomingo, the tornado crossed the border into northern Alabama, AccuWeather said, prompting the weather service to issue an extremely rare “tornado emergency.”

Drier conditions – and no threat of severe weather – was in the forecast for Wednesday, AccuWeather said.

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