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Tupelo, Miss., reportedly hit by tornado; damage assessment underway

A severe weather system moving through the central and southern U.S. on Monday has struck again, with a twister reportedly damaging and destroying businesses in Tupelo, Miss.

No injuries have yet been reported as officials begin to assess the emergency.

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City spokeswoman Sarah Robinson told the Los Angeles Times that officials are reporting "significant damage to some businesses and hotels" in northwestern Tupelo shortly after 3 p.m. local time, though it hasn't been officially confirmed whether the damage was caused by a tornado.

Stormwatchers had reported seeing a wedge-shaped tornado headed toward town.

Dr. Robert Thornton, a dentist in Tupelo, gave the Los Angeles Times permission to share his Instagram photo of the damage at a Courtyard by Marriott hotel; he said everyone was safe.

Other witnesses also tweeted photo of apparently serious damage, with none reporting injuries.

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