UPDATE 03/04/2019 2:30 P.M.
The National Weather Service has officially designated the weather event as an EF-2 tornado with wind speeds in excess of 100 mph.
A line of severe thunderstorms spawned multiple tornadoes in the southeastern United States Sunday afternoon.
Downtown Cairo took a direct hit from an apparent tornado around 8:00 p.m. last night. In a scene eerily similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, multiple buildings were damaged, trees snapped and power lines down. The bulk of the damage appeared to be centered around the downtown area where power crews and first responders were busy clearing debris and restoring services early Monday. As the storm system moved eastward, wind shear speeds were reported in excess of 100 mph. As of 9:15 a.m. Monday, there were no known fatalities in southwest Georgia, but the same line of thunderstorms killed more than 20 people in Alabama earlier Sunday.