The Latest: Death confirmed as tornado hits Mississippi city

A 1923 Studebaker, left and a 1930 Chevrolet Paddy Wagon are exposed at Lawrence Motors along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck th

A 1923 Studebaker, left and a 1930 Chevrolet Paddy Wagon are exposed at Lawrence Motors along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck th

Downed power lines, trees and building debris from businesses including B.J.'s Dog Grooming liter Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado str

Downed power lines, trees and building debris from businesses including B.J.'s Dog Grooming liter Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado str

A large tree is down into one of several buildings housing antique cars at Lawrence Motors on highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck th

A large tree is down into one of several buildings housing antique cars at Lawrence Motors on highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck th

A destroyed business along Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., sits in ruins after an apparent tornado struck the area on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Ph

A destroyed business along Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., sits in ruins after an apparent tornado struck the area on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Ph

Tin from nearby businesses is piled up in front of Refrigeration Supply on Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss. after a tornado struck the area Saturday, F

Tin from nearby businesses is piled up in front of Refrigeration Supply on Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss. after a tornado struck the area Saturday, F

A building belonging to Lawrence Motors along Highway 50 in Columbus, Miss. is destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The building housed

A building belonging to Lawrence Motors along Highway 50 in Columbus, Miss. is destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The building housed

Tin from nearby buildings sits in a tree above a destroyed vacant commercial structure along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck the

Tin from nearby buildings sits in a tree above a destroyed vacant commercial structure along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., after a tornado struck the

A vacant commercial building along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., sits in ruins after a tornado struck the area Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Witnesses say

A vacant commercial building along highway 50 in Columbus, Miss., sits in ruins after a tornado struck the area Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Witnesses say

This photo shows damage at Lawrence Motors in Columbus, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, after a tornado hit in the city's downtown area. Witnesses say

This photo shows damage at Lawrence Motors in Columbus, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, after a tornado hit in the city's downtown area. Witnesses say

Lafayette County authorities oversee a break in the Audubon Dam in the North Point subdivision in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Homes, highw

Lafayette County authorities oversee a break in the Audubon Dam in the North Point subdivision in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Homes, highw

A car in the parking lot of Fast Dog Printing Co. on Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., has it's rear window smashed after a tornado struck the area Sat

A car in the parking lot of Fast Dog Printing Co. on Conway Drive in Columbus, Miss., has it's rear window smashed after a tornado struck the area Sat

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on severe weekend weather in the South (all times local):

7:30 a.m.

Officials in eastern Mississippi say at least one person has died after a weekend tornado struck the community.

The mayor's office in Columbus, Mississippi, confirmed the death Sunday in a statement on Facebook, citing information from Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.

The statement said 41-year-old Ashley Glynell Pounds of Tupelo was with three other people in a building that collapsed in the storm Saturday evening. It said Pounds was taken to a hospital and died in surgery. The statement gave no information on the condition of the others in the building.

The tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising flood threat.

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12:01 a.m.

A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising flood threat.

The tornado that shattered businesses the east Mississippi city was confirmed on radar, said meteorologist Anna Wolverton with the National Weather Service in Jackson. She told The Associated Press that experts would be headed Sunday to the city of about 23,000 people to gauge the tornado's intensity.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.

Elsewhere around the South, homes, highways, and bridges have been flooded or put out of commission by the heavy rains. News outlets report that water rescues have been performed in some Middle Tennessee counties. Flash flood warnings and watches remained in place throughout the South.