Roads blocked, flooding reported after severe storms, tornadoes sweep across Mississippi
Tornado Watches stretch across the South through Tuesday afternoon
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Severe weather, including tornadoes, moved across Mississippi early Tuesday morning and brought down trees and power lines, forcing officials to close roads while crews worked to clear debris.
The National Weather Service conducted storm surveys Tuesday and found that four EF-1 tornadoes hit Scott and Newton Counties.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were first issued for parts of Mississippi just after 4 a.m. Central, with the region's first Tornado Warning, issued just after 6:30 a.m. Central.
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Traffic cameras that captured video of what appeared to be a tornado crossing a highway in Mississippi was more likely a curtain of heavy rain moving across the area.
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FOX Weather meteorologists have been reviewing the video and radar signatures since the storm moved through the Collins, Mississippi, area early Tuesday morning and determined there was no visible rotation. And the flashes in the sky were likely lightning – not power flashes.
In addition to the damaging winds and heavy rain, large hail was reported in parts of Mississippi.
A Twitter user in Brandon, Mississippi, shared a photo of ping pong ball-sized hail that fell in that community early Tuesday morning.
Crews with the Mississippi Department of Transportation posted video showing debris removal from roads that were blocked by downed trees and power lines.
Newton County, which has seen a lot of damage due to the severe weather, had several roads blocked.
The MDOT said U.S. 80 was closed between Interstate 20 and State Route 15 for debris removal.
On Tuesday afternoon, MDOT posted video to Twitter that showed a possible tornado passing their district office in Newton.
Despite the conditions, crews have been able to continue working on debris removal from local roads.
On Tuesday morning, another video showed heavy rain falling during a Tornado Warning near Whynot, Mississippi.
These storms are part of a system bringing more severe weather to the storm-ravaged South this week.
For the third time in two weeks, a multiday severe weather outbreak is expected to bring storms packing damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes to the region.
Because of the severe weather threat, Tornado Watches have been issued for areas that stretch from Louisiana into Alabama and western parts of the Florida Panhandle until Tuesday afternoon.