Dozens of homes were damaged Tuesday and Wednesday following a severe weather system that blasted across the central part of the Mississippi and by Thursday afternoon, residents in central Florida were also picking up the pieces of severe weather there as well.
According the the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, one Simpson County home was destroyed and at least 40 others were damaged by severe winds. In addition, at least eight homes were flooded in Scott County.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said winds of 110 miles per hour were reported near Old Pearl in Simpson County.
More than four-inches of rain fell in Copiah County where tennis-ball size hail was also reported, the meteorologist added.
Rain-wrapped tornadoes and other severe weather hit Polk County, Florida Thursday afternoon, downing trees, knocking out utilities to thousands of homes and flipping dozens of airplanes at a Lakeland air show.
More than 70 people who were attending the air show reportedly had to be rescued from storm-damaged buildings at the airport. Only minor injuries were reported.
Emergency officials also reported some damage to approximately 50 homes in Winter Haven.
The Tampa Bay area was also hit by the high winds and the nearly 4-inches of rain that fell broke the rainfall record for March 31 in that region.
The American Red Cross set up several shelters across the region.
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