September 26th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Homes, stores damaged by possible Mississippi tornado

Update 8:00 a.m. ET] No fatalities or injuries have been reported from a possible tornado that touched down Sunday night in Cleveland, Mississippi, authorities said Monday morning.

A Sears store and a Walmart store sustained substantial damage, according to local officials. Downed trees and power lines damaged a nearby subdivision, officials said.

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[Update 7:51 a.m. ET] A storm that ripped through Cleveland, Mississippi, on Sunday night destroyed a Sears store and damaged a Walmart and a nearby subdivision, officials said Monday morning.

"We've got a mess on our hands," said Kimberly Broadwater of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department.

There were no deaths or serious injuries, but the local hospital had stopped taking patients, Broadwater said.

The county's communication network had been knocked out, according to Broadwater. "We are back to doing things the old-fashioned way - by telephone," she said.

Earlier, the NOAA Storm Prediction Center sent out an alert that a tornado had touched down, but authorities were still trying to determine if the damage was done by a tornado or straight-line winds.

[Updated 7:33 a.m. ET] Officials said they are assessing damage Monday morning to determine if a storm that moved through Cleveland, Mississippi, on Sunday night destroying the roof at a Walmart was a tornado or a band of straight line winds.

An alert was sent out Sunday evening that a tornado touched down in Cleveland, Mississippi, but authorities are still trying to determine if a tornado was responsible for the heavy damage to Walmart, Sears and a  nearby subdivision.

The storm caused some structural damage, but the damage was fairly scattered, Bolivar County Sheriff's Officer Lee Tedder told CNN.  No fatalities or serious injuries were reported.

- CNN's Reynolds Wolf and Greg Morrison contributed to the report.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. s kel

    Damn just looked at "Storm Chasers" last night .They were in what they refered to as "dixie alley" refering to that southern belt thats prone to tornados.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mcool123

      i agree

      September 26, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

    i wonder if it could have been a typhoon? or a big bad wolf looking for little pigs?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. dog catcher

    cool ! i bet that was some strong wind !

    September 26, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. scootsy

    Possible? Was it a tornado or not?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    Possible Tornado?.... it leads me to believe that it could have been the Tazmanian Devil.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Last time we had a tornado, they tried so say it was the wind...but after many homes were trashed, the powers-that-be finally said it was a tornado.
    It happened only about 1/4 mile from my home, but I slept through the whole thing.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. dog catcher

    My friend said it got pretty bad. Blew their Mcdonalds away and everything. He said no one was hurt or anything but it was like being on tv with all the stuff blowing around. It is sure good no one was injured.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. ShutUpHippie

    I'm glad they're not immediately screaming that it was a tornado. Too many times that there's any sort of wind damage, they want to chalk it up to a twister. Straight-line winds can reach over 120 mph (the strength of an EF2).

    The determination will likely be today. If the damage is scattered in all sorts of directions, trees are twisted off halfway up, and the damage is relatively isolated, it was likely a tornado. If the debris is scattered in one direction, trees are uprooted, and the damage pretty widespread, it was likely straight-line winds.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. mcool123

    ya email me at

    September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. mcool123

    that was some bad wind

    September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. mcool123

    wow, everybody is just quiet

    September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

    i heard the circus was intown and the elephants got into the refried beans... and all farted at the same time..

    September 26, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • mcool123

      when did the circus came to town?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

    more beans mr.tagert?....

    September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • mcool123

      hey please email me at

      September 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. mcool123

    i am hoping that people will email me

    September 26, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Um, why, mccool?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mcool123

      because I want to chat with new friends

      September 26, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
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