The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for all of northwestern Mississippi until 1 a.m. CST Wednesday.
The watch covers the counties of Yalobusha, Washington, Tunica, Tate, Tallahatchie, Sunflower, Sharkey, Quitman, Panola, Marshall, Leflore, Lafayette, Issaquena, Humphreys, DeSoto, Coahoma and Bolivar.
Several tornado warnings have already been issued with significant roof damage reported to a restaurant near Leland in Washington County.
The tornado threat is expected to continue to expand across the state through the overnight hours along with threat for widespread damaging winds.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency along with the National Weather Service are urging residents to stay weather aware.
This appears to be the first major severe weather event of this year and everyone should stay updated on the latest weather information as it becomes available and be prepared to seek shelter immediately in case your area is threatened.