Storms Pack Punch

More than a dozen homes were damaged when an apparent tornado struck rural smith county Tuesday morning. No tornado was actually seen in area, but conditions were right for tornadic activity.

The storm hit County Road 77 south of Raleigh.

"We had one mobile home that was completely destroyed. There were probably four to five other homes that were damaged and we had some property damage also," said Chief Deputy Marty Patterson of the Smith County Sheriff's Department. "Some trees in the road. We had about three children that were slightly injured because of the flying glass and the debris."

The large storm system packed heavy rains, wind and thunderstorms that pounded Mississippi and Alabama. Damage classified as minor was reported in numerous counties.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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