Tornado With no Injuries Reported in Jackson County

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Some flash flooding and a tornado were reported in south Mississippi this morning before a powerful storm system pushed its way into southwest Alabama.

There were no reports of injuries or extensive property damage. Some coastal areas remained under a tornado watch until midmorning.

The National Weather Service says emergency management officials
reported a tornado near Vancleave shortly before 7-30 am. Emergency management officials in Jackson County say the tornado left debris on Interstate 10 near the Vancleave exit.

County officials say there had also been reports of flash flooding and of weakened trees being down in some communities.

Elsewhere, the system brought strong thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain to central and southern areas.

Most of the rain was expected to move out of Mississippi into Alabama during the late morning hours, with much colder weather taking over tonight into Wednesday.

Some street flooding was reported in Hancock County but emergency management officials say they had no reports of major problems before the system cleared the area.

In Harrison County, a sheriff's department spokesman says there had been no damage reported but that heavy rain had occurred as the wall of storms pushed eastward.

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