CNN — This video was taken in Tupelo, Mississippi where a suspected tornado hit the north and west sides of the city.
A weather reporter in the area told CNN that buildings in a major commercial district in Tupelo were "wiped away".
A spokeswoman for the city said several hotels and restaurants were also damaged.
The National Weather Service declared tornado "emergencies" for several counties in northern Mississippi Monday afternoon.
Monday's tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama stem from a string of deadly storms that killed over a dozen people Sunday in Arkansas and other parts of the midwest.