"The cluster of storms this morning have weakened," said Weather Channel Meteorologist Michael Palmer. "But as we head through the day, it will increase to severe by this afternoon."
NBC affiliate WTVA in Tupelo, Mississippi reported a tornado ripped its way through Lowndes County Thursday afternoon. The twister snapped trees to pieces and downed power lines along Highway 69.
About 5,000 customers were without power Friday morning in Mississippi, according to energy companies.
Don Smith and his family were caught in the middle of the twister. "We were just out in the shop messing with our cars, and all of a sudden, my wife called and said you need to come in, the siren is going off," Smith told WTVA.
"When we come running out of the shop, there was some tin come flying off the top of the shop there. It was like nothing I've ever seen or been in.