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Mississippi Storms Leave at Least 4 Dead, 20 Injured

Mississippi Storms Leave at Least 4 Dead, 20 Injured

The Forrest County coroner identified the dead as Earnest Perkins, 58; Cleveland Madison, 20; David Wayne McCoy, 47 and Simona Cox, 72.

The severe weather sparked tornadoes and a deluge of rain that left a path of destruction across Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people had died after the twister blew through the city and surrounding area.

Then the walls began to collapse, including one that fell on the family.

According to an HPD press release, the most affected areas are Edwards Street (near Cypress Street), James Street (near Tipton Street), Arledge Street, William Carey University and a residential area near Richburg Road.

"They couldn't get him out of the house. They said he was laying in the bed".

Her boyfriend Tackeem Molley said he and McCarty were in a trailer when the storm hit.

Mayor Johnny DuPree signed an emergency declaration for his city and reported "significant injuries" and structural damage.

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"I don't see how we survive this", McMorris's fiancee, Shanise, said. Power lines blocked one of their firetrucks and power crews had to report to the scene trying to assist.

Hattiesburg police Lt. Allen Murray says authorities remain concerned about downed power lines and possible gas leaks and are encouraging people to stay at home.

A college in a southern MS town where a tornado struck says it's closing and students are being evacuated.

USA Today reported that the tornado struck the city early Saturday morning, at approximately 4 a.m. U.S. News & World Report reported that the tornado first hit in Lamar County.

According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service (NWS), the tornado was an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, meaning severe damage and winds of 220 to 265 kilometres per hour.

"There are some minor injuries", Mia Overton, the university's public relations coordinator, told WDAM-TV. "Search and rescue teams are being deployed to assist Forest County emergency management in the Hattiesburg area", his agency said in a statement.

"We just purchased this business on July 29 and totally remodeled it", Holland said.


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