Strong storms left scattered damage across a wide area of west Alabama on Friday, slamming trees into homes and roads and forcing schools to release thousands of students early as a precaution.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southeastern Clay County and northern Lowndes County, including Columbus, after a funnel cloud was spotted near Tibbee Friday evening. Minutes later, a warning was issued for Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to inform motorists of the following flood advisory in Choctaw and Oktibbeha Counties.
A series of tornado warnings were issued for Golden Triangle counties Friday afternoon as severe weather moved through, but aside from flooded roadways, the area was spared serious damage.
Alabama school systems are releasing students early because of the threat of severe weather.
Lowndes and Clay counties were placed under a tornado warning shortly before noon Friday, as conditions showed a tornado was possible along a line from Highway 82 northeast toward Caledonia.
Three suspected tornadoes hit Mississippi on Friday, damaging or destroying dozens of homes and businesses and leaving at least three people critically injured.
A 32-year-old man was charged Thursday with hitting a stranger in the head with a beer bottle while drinking with friends in East Columbus.
The Columbus Municipal School District celebrated past achievements and laid out plans for future academic success during Thursday night's meeting at the Columbus Municipal Complex.
Despite scant public participation, the first chapters have been written for the comprehensive plan that will govern city development over the next decade.
Three art workshops this weekend at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge will lead into the April 22-23 Cotton District Arts Festival.
Columbus is first in line to get some new hotels, but Starkville is due to follow suit next year.
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