Small Mississippi Town Suffers Heavy Tornado Damage

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Heavy fog is hampering rescuers in southern Mississippi, after a band of severe weather blew through overnight spawning two tornadoes.

One hit the small town of Magee early this morning while many people were sleeping. Emergency officials say at least 60 homes have some degree of damage and a Baptist church was flattened, with only its doors left standing.

Roads leading to the town are littered with downed power lines, scraps of metal and fallen tree limbs. State transportation officials are warning motorists to stay off those routes.

Another tornado struck last night in Lauderdale County, heavily damaging nine homes and a business.

Authorities say they've had no immediate reports of fatalities. The exact number of injuries isn't known, but two people have been flown by helicopter to a hospital in Jackson.

The storms also have left thousands without power in Louisiana and damaged homes in Alabama.

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