A tornado touched down in Columbia, Mississippi, Tuesday afternoon, damaging buildings, flipping cars, and leaving at least four people dead, and 50 others injured.
Two people died in Marion County at a trailer park and a strip mall, the Associated Press reported. A man and a woman died in Jones County as the tornado destroyed their mobile home, according to WDAM.
The National Weather Service warned residents to take shelter at 2:25 p.m. local time.
The storm watch remained in effect for three hours, and afterward, Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for Jones and Marion counties to offer state resources.
A number of buildings were destroyed, and about 50 people were treated at Marion General Hospital, a spokesperson told the AP. The hospital was running on generator power.
The storm ripped the roof off a daycare, but no one inside was harmed.