This tree fell between two houses in the Wendover Subdivision.
This tree fell between two houses in the Wendover Subdivision.
A tornado may have touched down in central Ridgeland about 12:30 p.m., with other wind damage reported throughout the county, the authorities said. There are reports of some injuries, although the extent is unknown.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee said trees are down on houses in the Wendover and Shadowood areas along Lake Harbour Drive and Pear Orchard Road in the central part of the city.

There are numerous reports of downed trees, overturned vehicles and power outages throughout Ridgeland.

Major structural damage is apparently limited to Ridgeland, said Madison County Sheriff Toby Trowbridge.

Madison County Emergency Management Director Butch Hammack said he believes a tornado touched down but that has not been confirmed.

Portions of Lake Harbour Drive were closed because of downed trees and power lines.

Ridgeland firefighters responded to a report of people trapped in an elevator at the Allstate building on the Highland Colony Parkway.

The south lane of U.S. 51 at the Natchez Trace was blocked because of fallen trees.

There were reports of power lines down near the intersection of Lake Harbour Drive and Wendover Drive at Gattitown.

Ridgeland Police dispatch was down for about 20 minutes and 911 calls were being answered by the Sheriff's Department, Trowbridge said.

Emergency sirens in Ridgeland sounded only minutes before the storm hit at approximately 12:30, although the National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings much earlier.

About a dozen Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to assist Ridgeland police in the recovery effort.

A handful of houses in the Wendover subdivision reportedly had roof damage due to falling trees.

The only major structural damage reported in Madison was a canopy at the the corner of U.S. Highway 51 and Madison Avenue.

Two or three unoccupied cars were damaged. No one was injured, according to Madison Police Lt. Rod Erickson.

Jim Pollard a spokesman for AMR ambulance services said that by approximately 2 p.m., five people had been transported to area hospitals, although he could not say which hospitals and the severity of the injuries.



Ambulances were dispatched throughout the metro area from Madison south to Richland.

Extensive storm damage was reported in Northeast Jackson just south of the county line.

Steve Wilkinson of the National Weather Service said he could not confirm that a tornado touched down until after a site inspection. He said the National Weather Service would probably be unable to conduct the inspection until tomorrow.