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Tornadoes Rip Through South, At Least Six Dead

 

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At least six people are dead and several others are missing after strong tornadoes ripped through parts of five states on Wednesday, and more storms are possible into the early hours of Christmas Eve.

Three people died in northern Mississippi and two others perished in Tennessee after long-track, violent tornadoes tore through the region on Wednesday afternoon and into the early evening. The city of Holly Springs, Mississippi was particularly hard-hit, with two children dead in the community about 30 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, and reports of several others trapped in debris and homes and cars destroyed in the twister. There were varying reports of unaccounted for persons late on Wednesday night, however there were believed to be four missing in Mississippi and two in Tennessee.

Another fatality in Arkansas was being blamed on strong wind gusts from severe storms earlier Wednesday.

As of late Wednesday night, 27 tornadoes had been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.

Nashville, Tennessee was under a tornado warning two different times on Wednesday evening, but no tornadoes were confirmed in or near the city despite ominous radar signatures triggering the warnings.

While the severe threat is not nearly as great on Thursday, there is still the chance for a few isolated tornadoes across the Southeast and the Atlantic coastline on Thursday afternoon as the same cold front responsible for Wednesday’s outbreak moves further east. Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the storms.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @Staslschasing

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