A tornado has been confirmed to have touched down in Jackson, Mississippi, as severe weather sweeps through much of the Deep South.
The Weather Channel and CBS News affiliate WJTV reported that the tornado touched down in the southwest part of town at 4:48 p.m. local time.
BREAKING: A Tornado Warning is active in Hinds and Rankin County, an area that includes Jackson, Mississippi. A tornado has already been confirmed just outside of the city.
If you're in the area, seek shelter. pic.twitter.com/G8xXQ8Nz5O
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) March 30, 2022
ABC News' Ginger Zee, who is in Jackson, recorded a video of herself in a parking garage as the tornado sirens went off.
4:40 pm CT Sirens blaring in Jackson, Mississippi. REMINDER: sirens are fine for outdoors but they should never be your primary source of warning. They aren’t the same in all cities, counties and states. Noaa weather radio is best. TORNADO WARNING is here now. Get to shelter. pic.twitter.com/uhviQyxyyS
— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) March 30, 2022
Severe weather has injured seven people, damaged buildings, and downed power lines in northwest Arkansas as tornadoes and hurricane-force winds were forecast on Wednesday.
The Wednesday morning storms hit in Springdale and Johnson.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says all of Mississippi and parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee were at the greatest risk for severe weather Wednesday.
This comes after the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado struck Kansas City.
KSHB reported two homes had their roofs and windows damaged.
No injuries were reported.
The worst weather was expected Wednesday afternoon.
A tornado watch has been issued for most of Arkansas, northern Louisiana, southern Missouri, southeastern Oklahoma, and northeast Texas through early Wednesday afternoon.