(NEW YORK) — Storms and tornadoes hit the south Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least three dead — including a 7-year-old boy — and injuring several more while leveling homes and causing other damage, according to officials and the National Weather Service.
Two other people were missing, officials said.
As of Wednesday evening, there were confirmed tornadoes in Iowa, Mississippi and Tennessee, according to the NWS, including a “large and extremely dangerous” tornado near Oxford, MS.
Two people were found dead and two others were missing in Benton County, Mississippi, in the northern part of the state. Further information was not immediately available.
And a 7-year-old boy was found dead as a result of a storm outside Holly Springs, Mississippi, according to the Marshall County Coroner. No further details about the circumstances were immediately available.
A search and rescue was underway in Marshall County, where homes were damaged and power lines downed. Highway 7 was closed there.
At least six counties reported damage in Mississippi and search and rescues were being conducted there.
One of the storms, a reported tornado, hit Bellevue, MS, damaging 10-15 homes, at least 7 of which were destroyed, according to the Coahoma County Emergency Management.
Five injuries were reported there and 2 additional severe injuries were reported near Shannon Airport, in the Clarksdale, MS area, the department said.
In nearby Como, MS, at least two homes were damaged.
Some 68 million Americans were forecast to be in the path of the storms Wednesday night.
A “particularly dangerous situation” tornado watch was issued from Monroe, Louisiana, to Jackson, Tennessee, meaning there was a good change of long-track tornadoes.
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